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2001/09/18

Deaths Sherry Levin On the morning of August 13, 2001, horse enthusiasts across the Mid-South lost a dear friend and mentor to many, Mrs. Sherry Levin. Sherry lost her life in an accident at her riding stable. She leaves her husband, Dr. Marty Levin, who is a former Master of Foxhunt, and partner and supporter of all that Sherry was involved in. Sherry and Marty are well known and respected throughout the horse community and her death has brought sorrow to all who knew her. Sherry was a successful instructor and clinician in dressage and combined training. She held a Masters Degree in Education and her background was an asset in her teaching. Jennifer Mills, who hosted many of Sherry's dressage clinics at her home, recalled her friend's dedication to helping so many of us get started on the right track. Jennifer related that "she encouraged us and kept the lessons classically correct and yet fun. Sherry was a good teacher, and her ability to teach really enhanced the quality of her dressage lessons. We will all miss her encouragement and words of wisdom". As Jennifer so accurately stated, "Sherry's presence will be greatly missed at every show, and her passing leaves a void in my life that will not be filledI know the same is true for many of her other students and friends." Sherry and her husband, Marty, own the successful Ninebarks Stables in Starkville, MS. Along with teaching students on a regular basis, she had recently been instructing the Equestrian Team from Mississippi State University, and they have started a scholarship fund in her honor. She also had established a camp for juniors this past summer during which the mornings were spent riding and the afternoons were filled with art instructions. Because of the camp's tremendous success, it was Sherry's hope to expand the program in 2002. Sherry also raised and trained performance horses out of her Trakehner stallion, Eikon, many of whom are currently successful in dressage and eventing. Sherry's avid support and participation at the local dressage and CT events will be deeply missed. Her manner of life and untimely death has reminded me that life is fragile and each moment should be lived to it's fullest and each friendship cherished. I will miss my friend who always gave me encouragement and who helped me build a solid base upon which to grow. Sherry's family has requested that those who wish to offer a gift in her memory do so by sending a gift to the United States Dressage Federation. And to Marty and all of their family, our deepest sympathies go out to you in the loss of one who was so dear to us all. Neil Robinson Neil Robinson, 60, of Eads, Tennessee, long-time trainer, died July 30, 2001 after a short battle with leukemia. He was diagnosed at the first of July and his doctors initially felt that his prognosis was good. However, his form of cancer proved to be very aggressive and his health deteriorated rapidly. Robinson was a well-known and respected trainer and judge. He trained countless champions over the past 40 years including world's champions Sun's Joe Diamond, Cool Hand Luke, The High Chaparral, Copy's Walking Miracle and national champions Shanlo's Masterpiece, Ebony's Miss Glo, Continental Masterpiece Pride's Merry Son, Ebony's Super Choice, Ebony's Smoking Son, The Stars and Stripes, and others. Robinson judged the Celebration in 1997. Robinson was a native of Humbolt, Tennessee, and was a member of the Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis. He is survived by his parents, Luther and Georgia Robinson of Humboldt, his wife, Carol barker Robinson, a daughter, Beth Williams and her husband, Sandy, of Knoxville, and grandchildren Jake and Caroline Williams of Knoxville. The family received friends on July 31 at the Smith Funeral Home in Jackson and the service was held August 1. The Rev. Bill Rice officiated. "There was a large turn-out at the funeral home and there were gorgeous flowers and plants everywhere," Cyndi McConnell, wife of horse trainer Jackie McConnell said. "Everyone was relaying stories of Neil's kindness and sense of humor." "One of Neil's favorite sayings was We are going through the bad times now, but the good times will come again'. I think Neil's good time has come," Patti Cooper, a long-time customer and friend, said.

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