The California equestrian community was hit hard by the passing of western trainer Tim Whitney, who died in his sleep at age 60 on Sept. 2. Tim was in a car accident that left him a quadriplegic at the age of 19, but most everybody thinks of him for all the things he could and did do rather than what he couldn't. He was a master with horses and a beloved taskmaster with students at his Whitney Ranch in Carpenteria.
California show manager Larry Gimple told www.gohorseshow.com that he greatly envied Tim's gift for developing horses and eventually decided to just buy horses from Tim's barn rather than try to make horses that could beat them.
Before his accident Tim was a top stock seat, equitation, cowhorse and trail rider. He went on to become one of the most highly respected instructors and mentors in the sport and is already much missed. As a horseman, Tim came of age in the era when horse shows hosted many disciplines under one roof. As a result, he was highly regarded and a great friend to many across the various horse sports.
"We all had a very good friend and a top stock seat rider and top horseman, trainer, professional, clinician and just a top rated guy in every way," said hunter/jumper coach Michael Cintas.