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Obituary - Mike Dumas


Mike Dumas and Ooh La La

won the Hackney Pony World’s Grand Championship

in 1997 for owner/breeder Darrell Kolkman.

(Photo by Avis)

Clayton “Mike” Dumas died from a massive coronary at his training stable in rural Industry, Ill., Thursday, June 14, 2007. He was born Oct. 29, 1958, in Renton, Wash., to Clayton F. and Barbara Dumas. His father and a sister, Kelli Rogers, preceded him in death. He is survived by his mother, two brothers; Patrick Dumas of Sumner, Wash., and Tim Dumas of Auburn, Wash., and six nieces and nephews.

Over the past 30 years, Dumas made his career training world champion Hackney and Shetland Ponies for many top owners and breeders across the United States including Reedannland, Heartland, Cismont Manor, Bent Tree and many others. He was a member of the UPHA and the USEF. Dumas’s air of perfection and his beautifully turned out society show ponies will be greatly missed by friends, colleagues and competitors alike.

Some of the ponies he was associated with include Sky King, Tijuana Princess, Flamethrower, Right On, Dun Haven Awesome Image and many, many others.  Dumas showed Ooh La La to the 1997 Hackney Pony World’s Grand Championship for Darrell Kolkman when the pony was only three-years-old.

In remembering his lifelong friend, Bob Brison said that Dumas was a quiet person who had a way with the most difficult of ponies. Longtime customer Larry Schultz added that Dumas was “an amazing talent and such a perfectionist.”

Memorials can be made to the donor’s choice or to the Mike Dumas Memorial Trophy Fund, c/o Carol Witter, 15510 N. 2100th Rd., Good Hope, IL 61438.


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