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Condolences Following Passing of Longtime Horsewoman, Lynn Leedy

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Troy and Carrie Oakley with Lynn Leedy and Harriet Yakatan

Our sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of Mary “Lynn” Leedy, who recently passed away. A longtime horse-lover, Lynn was an active non-pro competitor and owner of several great horses over the years, such as Legal Machine and Miss Pine Chex Zippo. She also raised the ApHC Hall of Fame stallion, Dandy Zippo. Lynn worked with notable trainers such as Tommy Manion, Troy Oakley, and Gil Galyean. She enjoyed horses that could compete in a wide variety of disciplines, like Western Pleasure, Trail, Ranch Riding, and Cutting.

Longtime friend and trainer, Troy Oakley, provided a few thoughts about the lady he lovingly referred to as “Mrs. Lynn” for nearly 20 years.

“The first thing I think about her is that she was like family to me. She’s like the aunt I always wanted to have- someone who always looked out for you,” Troy says. “I’ve always said that you can’t teach feel, and this woman had incredible feel for riding a horse. She could connect with a horse, and her timing was amazing.”

In addition to her involvement as a competitor, she gave back to the industry as a member of the NSBA Board of Directors in 2014 and was a big supporter of the NSBA Foundation. Her family’s Silver Oak Winery frequently donated wine for the NSBA Foundation auction and various fundraisers.

Our condolences to the family and friends of this lovely lady. May her memory continue to live on in the industry she so loved.

Stay tuned for a memorial article about Lynn in an upcoming edition of The Equine Chronicle.

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