Sunday, June 22, 2008

Tevis BBQ for Bob Walz

My dad, Bob Walz, passed away May 17th, 2008 at the age of 86. He
had a stroke about 6 weeks previous & just didn’t recover.

We are going to have a party in his honor (that's right, he
requested a party!) following the Tevis BBQ on Wednesday, July 16th at
the fairgrounds. It will start at 7:30 PM approximately. It will end
when we're done honoring the man with stories & memories.

Donations made on will go toward buying a mile
of Tevis Trail as a memorial for my dad. The Bob Walz Easy Ride Mile!
Thanks to Garrett Ford and Easy Care for the kick off donation!

I am going to deeply miss my dad. He was an amazing man. My Tevis
crew chief every year I rode it. My adviser & ultimate authority on
horses & endurance.

He started the New Jersey 100 Mile Ride in ‘62 when I was just 7 yrs
old. He took my brother, Roy & I to many east coast endurance rides
when we were young.

He was the first to adapt Polar Heart Monitors for horse use. He
designed & made the Easy Ride Stirrups for years before he sold the
rights to Garrett Ford & EasyCare. He was AERC member #1520 with 8690
lifetime miles… lots of pre-AERC miles, too! He was 86 & continued to
ride up to 2 years ago. He had just bought a new horse with hopes of
riding again.

My dad was a great guy, a giver and an innovator, creating a few of
the most prolific and important products to hit the equine industry in
decades. He deserves to be honored in a fashion equal to his impact
on all of us horse folks.

~Sue Walz

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