New Brunswick, N.J. (June 18, 2014) – The faculty and staff of the Rutgers Equine Science Center wish to express their sincere condolences to the friends of Gwendolin E. Stableford.
“The equestrian community has lost one of the most remarkable and unforgettable horsewomen in recent history. Miss Gwen, in her early 90’s, was still driving her Hackney ponies in competition, a feat not matched by others even approaching that grand age,” said Karyn Malinowski, director, Equine Science Center. “And she also firmly believed in the work and mission of the Equine Science Center. She demonstrated her enthusiam for its programs by her annual gifts to the Center since its inception in 2001.”
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Gwen Stableford, age 96 of Summit, died peacefully at Overlook Hospital on June 16, 2014. Gwen was an avid horsewoman and international traveler, known for her financial acumen, which resulted in her serving as treasurer for the New Jersey Horse Council, American Saddlebred Horse Association of New Jersey and the Middlesex Horse Show for decades. For Gwen, her love of horses came at the age of four when she was put on her first horse. That love of horses and her commitment to the state’s equine industry led to her being named the 2007 New Jersey Horseperson of the Year.
Stableford showed and won with her American Saddlebreds and Hackney ponies all over the country and was founder of the American Saddlebred Horse Association of New Jersey in 1968. She also represented the American Saddlebred Horse Association of New Jersey on the New Jersey Equine Advisory Board. She was also a member of the United States Equestrian Federation, the American Saddlebred Horse Association, the American Hackney Horse Society and the United Professional Horsemen’s Association.
Most recently Gwen showed her Hackney ponies, WC Ali and WC Heartland Elegant Touch. She showed WC Ali for 10 years and won many regional and national titles among which was being named 4 times USEF National Pleasure Driving Pony of the year. Upon Ali’s retirement, Gwen purchased WC Heartland Elegant Touch who went on to win the World Championship Jr. Hackney Pleasure Driving Pony title and more recently, USEF National Harness Pony of the Year, two times. Both ponies reside in Rockvale, TN.
In January of 2013, the ASHA of NJ presented to Gwen, in recognition of her 33 years of dedicated, unprecedented service as treasurer of the association, an engraved tile in her honor which was installed on the American Saddlebred Museum Walk of Honor in Lexington, Kentucky as a lasting gift.
Miss Stableford’s body will be cremated and interred in her family plot at the Restland Memorial Park in East Hanover, New Jersey. As she wished, there will be no viewing or services.
In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the Rutgers Equine Science Center at the following address: 57 US HWY 1, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 or online.
For additional information, please contact Karyn Malinowski at email@example.com or 848-932-9419.