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Obituary: Vernon (Sarge) Maddux



Posted February 22, 2002
Vernon (Sarge) Maddux passed away Jan, 2, 2002 in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was born on June 17, 1921, in Snowflake, Va. He is survived by wife Dorothy Maddux, daughters Nancy Barkhaus and Cindy Day, five grandchildren; Christie, Bryan, Julie, and Jeff Barkhaus and Kyle Day, and seven great-grandchildren.

Sarge made some great Hackney ponies over the years such as world champion Dun-Haven High Time, and world's champion Dun-Haven Regality. Other great notable ponies Sarge worked and showed as top ribbon winners are Boulder's Lady Miss, Dun-Haven Star Supreme (renamed Rampage), That's Style, Merrywell's True Flight, Merrywell's Star Time, Cres-Or-Lars Atari, and Diamond's Commander. He was working and preparing Walking In High Cotton (renamed Night Passage/Forever Friends) for the show season.

In the fall of 1993, Sarge was inducted into the Hoosier Horsemen's Hall of Fame for his excellence in training and showing Hackney's and his involvement, dedication, and service to the Hackney and Shetland pony industry. Sarge was influential in the founding of the Hoosier Hackney Association and he was also a member of the Midwest Hackney Association and the Ohio Hackney Association. He also was a member of the Shetland Pony Exhibitor Association and Shetland Breeder's Association early in his pony career.

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