Stanley G. White — July 31, 1936–April 3, 2017
Jacksonville, Fla. — Stanley G. White of Citra, Fla, and founder/owner of Grandeur Arabians with his beloved wife, Kitty, passed away Monday morning, April 3.
Stanley was a longtime breeder and campaigner of field trial bird dogs both in Michigan and Florida. In his early days he campaigned a setter named Hollywood Gold. Later he developed the multiple champion pointer Lite My Fire, which he later sold to Donna Yambo for the professional string of George Tracy. Involved with bird dogs right up until his last days, he most recently raised and started the training of the pointer female Southern Sparkling Jule, which won the 2017 National Amateur Quail Championship under the whistle of his friend and mentee, Dr. Kent Cantrell.
Born in Waverly, Va., in 1936, Stanley wed his high school sweetheart, Kitty, in 1953 and together they built a family dynasty of horse trainers and exhibitors through their sons, Stan, Jr. and Steve and their sons and daughters.
Born small of physical stature Stanley rose to be a giant in the training, breeding and showing of Arabian and half-Arabian horses. Winning numerous national and regional championships throughout the United States and Canada, Stanley brought joy and pride to the hundreds of owners who entrusted him with their prize Arabians.
A world renowned horseman, Stanley trained in dressage with the famed Captain Heyer, taught Arabian horse judging through his conduct of countless clinics, helped establish the judging school and its foundation and was inducted into the Region 12 Hall of Fame in 2013, the Arabian Horse Association Judges Hall of Fame in 2015 and together with Kitty received the APHA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012.
A tireless giver of his time and talents for the benefit of others, Stanley conducted several horse training clinics both for the Purina Awards and for other gatherings of field trialers.
He loved bird dogs and his fellow field trialers. His son Stanley White, Jr., also a world renowned horse trainer, once called his dad on his way to the Canadian Nationals to tell Stanley Sr. he had seen some of his field trial buddies at the Canadian port of entry as he crossed over from the United States to Canada. His dad quickly asked who he had seen and Stan Jr. responded that he hadn’t been able to talk to them. Stanley Sr. then inquired of his son how was it that he knew the guys were field trialers. Stan, Jr.’s quick response was “because they had six horses in a four-horse trailer!”
Self-made man, incomparable friend and mentor to hundreds, Stanley’s greatest love and dedication were reserved and delivered for his beloved, Kitty, son, Stanley G. White, Jr., and four grandchildren, Stanley White III, Dane White, Shanea White Hamilton, and Kaitlin White, and two great-grandchildren, Zachary White, and Owen Hamilton.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Stanley’s memory to the Arabian Horsemens Distress Fund c/o Mary Trowbridge, 236 Henry Sanford Road, Bridgewater, CT 06752.