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Saddlebred Breeder Randy Tabor Mourned

From the American Saddlebred Horse Association:


Lexington, Kentucky ­– World’s Champion Breeder Randy Tabor, of Scottsville, Kentucky, was killed Thursday evening in an explosion while he was working on an oil tank at his 3-T Farm. 


The following is from an Associated Press story:


Tabor, 48, of Scottsville was working on the tank Thursday evening at his father's farm in Allen County, officials said. He was attempting to heat plastic pipe with a propane torch when fumes from the tank ignited causing the explosion, state police said.


Tabor was trying to connect plastic pipe for a water separator, Allen County Coroner Mike Wimpee said. Tabor died instantly from the blast.

Tabor and his father, Glyndle, won the American Saddlebred Horse Association’s Breeders Award in 2002.


Tabor, along with his father, owned and operated 3-T Farm in Scottsville, Kentucky.  Showing Saddle horses at a young age, following in his father’s footsteps, Tabor knew he wanted to be a horse trainer. 


Tabor is well known for the great stallion Worthy Son (Supreme Sultan x Jasper Lou [BHF]), who was owned under S & T Partnership made up of Tabor and W.L. Sigmon.  S & T Partnership purchased the stallion in 1988.  Worthy Son, who passed away in 2000, sired 532 registered get that won $289,690 at all recognized competitions from 1986-2005.  In the same time period, 152 of his get were first place winners, which ranks 8th on the leading sire lists.  Worthy Son’s sire record at the World’s Championship Horse Show is just as impressive as he sired 72 ribbon winners who won a total of 229 ribbons, a number which continues to grow.  He has also sired 12 World’s Champion producing broodmares and 14 Saddlebred Record Champions. 


More recently, Tabor had 40 to 50 mares at a time with four to five stallions.  He bred his stallions exclusively to his mares, which were primarily pasture bred.  He used an ultrasound to check the status of the mares in the fields.  Tabor started most of the colts raised on the farm and rarely kept them into their three-year-old season. 


The article in the March/April 2002 issue of American Saddlebred on Glyndle and Randy Tabor after they won the Breeders Award can be found on the Association’s website by going to


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