VIRGINIA HORSEMEN ROBERT POWELL 1931-2014

powell(Fauquier Now – edited)  Dedicated horseman Robert “Bob” Powell, 82, of Middleburg, passed away Jan. 11, 2014, at Reston Hospital Center following a brief illness.

Powell was born  Oct. 18, 1931, and grew up in Alexandria, VA.

A lifelong dedication to the Thoroughbred and equestrian communities, took Powell and his family to many places throughout his life. He began his journey following high school when he came to Middleburg, VA and worked for Mrs. A. C. Randolph. He then worked for Waverly Farm in Warrenton, VA. He also worked for Arthur Godfrey in Leesburg, VA and Bobby and Sallie Motch at Coleswood Farm in Charlottesville, VA.

Afterward, Powell worked for equine sales company Fasig-Tipton, inspecting horses in many areas throughout the country.

Powell also later worked as farm manager for Mike and Florence Rutherford’s  Manchester Farm in Lexington, Ky. In 1992, he returned to Middleburg to manage Hermen and Monica Greenberg’s at Rutledge Farm.

In 2008, Powell was inducted into the National Horse Show Association’s Hall of Fame.

His great work ethic, determination, dedication and loyalty to what he loved afforded him the ability to work at Rutledge Farm until the time of his passing.

Survivors include his wife of nearly 59 years, Joahn Powell; two sons, Robert “Bobby” Powell and wife Jody of Lexington, Ky., and William Powell of Orange; six grandchildren, Tracy Breeden of Middleburg, Megan Powell of Tampa, Christopher Powell of Nashville, Steven Powell of Muncie, Ind., Hannah Powell of Orange and Payton Powell of Lexington, Ky., and two great-grandchildren, Andre Corum and Adriana Corum of Middleburg.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, when a service will begin at Royston Funeral Home in Middleburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Middleburg Humane Foundation, P.O. Box 1238, Middleburg, Va. 20118.

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