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Saddlebred World Loses Longtime Supporter, Cornelia Atherton Serpell

Saddlebred World Loses Longtime Supporter, Cornelia Atherton Serpell

Sep 14, 2011

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On Sept. 10, the Saddlebred world lost one of its staunchest supporters, Cornelia Atherton Serpell.

In addition to having owned several quality show horses, Serpell served as the American Horse Shows Association Steward at the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show for many years, and had also served as a judge at the show. In 2003, she was inducted into the World’s Championship Horse Show Hall of Fame.

Serpell was also an ardent and dedicated supporter of the Rock Creek Horse Show for over 50 years, serving as a judge, steward, and exhibitor. She was known as a very fair and honest judge, who treated everyone well. Serpell was always concerned for others and could always be depended on to get things done, but never for personal recognition. She might be best known for her work outside of the horse world, as she was the most single influential person in the history of Kentucky’s mental health advocacy.

A graveside service will be 1 p.m. Friday at Cave Hill Cemetery. Friends should gather at the Broadway entrance at 12:45 p.m. on Friday. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to:

PO Box 1927
Louisville, KY  40201-1927

Read the full-obituary, first published in Louisville Courier-Journal, here.

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