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Re: RC: Doctor Bill Munson Passed Away Last Night
The end of another Era. A great man who will definitely be missed but not
> I just returned from Shalimar Ranch. Doc Munson died last night after a
> lengthy illness and complications from two strokes.
> For you Crabbet afficionados, he was integral in that particular strain
> and for the Arabian community in general he was integral (along with Lois
> Selby, Alice Payne, Bazy Tankersley and others) in circulating the genes of
> His herd was "closed" in 1949 and possessed some of the highest
> percentage of Raffles/Skowronek blood in the world. His Raffles son, Garaff,
> started a line of unbelieveable horses, particularly mares.
> He and the late Harold Brite went to England for Bazy to acquire the
> nucleus of what would become her Al Marah program.
> He taught me courage and showed me that "grace" while diggin' out wild
> cattle and then moving them fifty miles was possible (all on the back of
> extremely typey and hard working Arabian horses.)
> "Doc" always removed his hat when a lady approached and managed a smile
> for anyone who happened to look his way.
> I miss the mornings with him over heavily sugared cups of coffee, as we
> prepared to tell each other stories while looking for the herd.
> He taught me so much more than just horses, (his knowledge of which I
> could never in my wildest dreams approach).
> I know his buddy, Jimmy Dean, was there holding the reins for him
> waiting for him to mount,
> frank solano
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