W. GARY BAKER, VIRGINIA FALL RACES’ CHAIRMAN, DIES AT 71

(NSA) W. Gary Baker, a well-known Virginia horseman who was the longtime chairman of the Virginia Fall Races, died Monday in Middleburg, Va. He was 71.

GaryBaker_0A native of Port Deposit, Md., he developed an early interest in horses and was deeply involved in showing, most recently as a show manager. He was a lifetime honorary director of the Maryland Horse Show Association and received the United States Equestrian Federation’s Pegasus Medal of Honor in 2007 for his contributions to showing. He also served as the president of the National Hunter and Jumper Association.

He said in a 2007 interview with Chronicle of the Horse that steeplechase racing was his passion. He raced Quixotic, who finished third behind champion Martie’s Anger in the 1979 Colonial Cup, and he trained horses for the steeplechase circuit as recently as 2011. He was a horse breeder and also was involved in breeding cattle and show dogs.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Trinity Episcopal Church in Upperville, Va.

To read more from the Chronicle of the Horse, click here.

One Response to “W. GARY BAKER, VIRGINIA FALL RACES’ CHAIRMAN, DIES AT 71”

  1. Francis Marion Bush Reply January 29, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    W. Gary was a considerate individual. When I was writing my book “Famous Horsewomen of Virginia” I needed pictures of the the horses of Theodora Randolph. He had the originals and sent them to me to copy for the book. What a kind person. We will miss him

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