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Tim Lydon Loses Battle With Cancer

Tim Lydon (center) was recently honored

with the Lifetime Achievement Award

by the Southern New England Farriers Association.


A blacksmith for 45 years and trainer/exhibitor of American Saddlebreds, Morgan Horses and Hackney ponies, Tim Lydon passed away Saturday, November 18 at his home in Medway, Massachusetts.  Lydon had been battling cancer for the past year. He was surrounded by family at the time of his death including his daughter Maureen Lydon who had just come home early from the American Royal where she had won the UPHA Harness Pony Classic Grand Championship on Thursday evening with Heartland Beautiful Dreamer.

Just a few years ago Lydon was honored by UPHA Chapter 14 as their Amateur Of The Year. He was also just inducted into their Hall of Fame. Some of the Morgans he had shown included the legendary Nocturne as well as Waseeka's Bold Queen Ann, Waseeka's Heavenly Ruler and most recently the home-bred park mare The Silver Brook Surprize who in 2005 was Saddle Horse Report's High Point Morgan Park Saddle Horse for the entire country.

He was also well known on the New England circuit for his amateur gaited horse Admiral's Tuxedo Junction and Oz, a horse he won titles with in the five-gaited, fine harness, park, and pleasure driving divisions. Most recently he enjoyed victory passes with the young road pony Heartland Double Trouble, a pony which made his dreams come true as he showed him at the World's Championship Horse Show this year.

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