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Remembering Lucille Hooper

Lucille Hooper, 87, passed away on February 22, 2020. ‘Lu’ and her late husband, John, were formerly of Morgan Hills, CA. The Hoopers enjoyed showing their Morgans with several different trainers, including Walker Stables, Wayne Willnauer, George Howard and Bob Lewis. Many won’t forget her smiling face on her victory pass as the 1985 World Amateur Pleasure Driving Champion, driving Triton Moses. Lu also had great success driving Rosemont Montego, while her daughter, Didi, rode him in English pleasure classes.

The Hoopers also enjoyed breeding and raising Morgans with the Montego prefix. In the brief time they owned Big Bend Top Notch (a grandson of Upwey Ben Don and Senator Graham), he sired six foals for the Hoopers’ small breeding program.

Lu served on the AMHA Board, and was active in the Golden West Morgan Horse Club and Show. Lu is survived by a son, Richard Larkin; and daughter, Didi Wake; four grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in Lu’s memory can be made to the American Morgan Horse Educational Charitable Trust (AMHECT) at 4037 Iron Works Parkway, Ste. 130, Lexington, KY 40511.


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