NOTED STEEPLECHASE TRAINER A. RIDGELY WHITE DEAD AT 82

A. Ridgely White, noted steeplechase trainer, died of a heart attack at his home in Middleburg, VA on November 2, 2009. He was 82-years-old.

Mr. White trained some of the outstanding steeplechase horses of his times and is listed among the top winning trainers over the years he trained. In the process, he won innumerable major steeplechase races throughout the country.

Notably, he won six Virginia Gold Cups; three with David Ferguson’s Leeds Don in 1965, ’66 and ’67; one with John Warner’s Annual Meeting in 1969; one with Paul Mellon’s Mongogo in 1974; and one with Mellon’s Chapel Street in 1975.

Then, in 1980, he won the prestigious Colonial Cup with Rodion Cantacuzene’s Sailor’s Clue.

Training horses, however, was not his sole interest. He loved fly fishing and fished throughout the country. In the process, he became an excellent fly-tier and fished dry or wet flies with equal skill. He was also a consummate wing shot and enjoyed shooting quail and doves with his friends and Brittany spaniel, Brie. His sense of humor is legendary and he could bring smiles and laughter to all around him.

Mr. White was predeceased by his wife, Mary, and a son, Mike. He is survived by his son Tim, Tim’s wife Alix, and their two sons, Sean and Patrick.

A graveside service was held at Emanuel Cemetery in Middleburg on November 11, 2009. The family has requested that remembrances be made to Middleburg Rescue or Middleburg Humane Foundation.

(Photos by Douglas Lees)