Remembering Tricia Boone

I can’t begin to tell everyone how sad I was to get the news that Tricia Boone had passed away last week. Tricia has been a great friend and supporter for many years. She was an absolute gem of a lady that was one of a kind.

I first got connected with Tricia through a common friend Gloria Callen and my first Olympic Horse Otis Barbotiere. After Otis finished his eventing career he went down to Wellington and partnered up with Tricia’s two daughters Catie and Ali. Both the girls show jumped Otis on the jumping circuits, giving the horse a sensational second career. During this time I became great friends with Tricia and her wonderful family.

Every time I would go to Wellington or Kentucky, Tricia would look after me like a kid son.  I would stay with her through the jumping shows and Kentucky three-day event. She would pack me lunch and snacks each day for the shows, and really make me feel welcome.  She was always worried that I hadn’t had enough sleep.  She often invited our group of eventers over to the family house in Kentucky and hosted brilliant BBQ’s cooked up by her legendary husband Alex. On these evenings, it always seemed that she was most concerned that everyone else was okay and enjoying themselves.

The Blackfoot Mystery Syndicate celebrating Boyd and “Big Red”‘s win at the 2016 Wellington Eventing Showcase. Tricia Boone is standing next to Silva Martin. Photo: Jenni Autry for

She was a brilliant horse woman who  operated a thoroughbred breeding farm, then bred sport horses for show jumping as well as owning horses at the top of the sport in show jumping and eventing. Over the years Tricia became involved in a few of my successful event horses including Blackfoot Mystery (Rio Olympics), Long Island T, Luke 140, Wabanaki and Maya.

Horses aside, Tricia was a fun person to be around. She had a heart of gold and was very generous. I will always miss our Tuesday lunch together before the madness of Rolex would start in Lexington, Kentucky.  Every year we would go to the same restaurant, and she would order the exact same thing, crab cakes.  I will truly miss her electric personality. It has been a real privilege and honor to get to know her and her wonderful family. My thoughts, prayers and best wishes are with them through this tough time.



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