American Field

Deborah Hollingsworth Has Died

By Petie Brown | Mar 08, 2018
Deborah Hollingsworth

Sarasota, Fla. — The Associated Field Trial Clubs of Florida has lost one of its own.  Deborah Hollingsworth was born in April, 1958 and succumbed to cancer after living a full life on February 18, 2018.

Debbie was a generous community advocate in her hometown of Arcadia, Fla. While having no children of her own, she was passionate about exposing youth to hunting, bird dogs, and instilling in them an appreciation and respect for nature. A colorful and varied career included, but not limited to, real estate, citrus grower, artist, law enforcement, pilot, photographer, and sales representative. Through her life-long love of horses, Deb switched from rodeo and speed events to trail riding where she fell in love with field trialing in the 1980s. She was an accomplished trainer, placing in many trials, and winning the AFTCA high point Dog of the Year with her favorite, Hollingsworth Dee.

Deb’s contribution to the sport has been her affinity for bringing people on; the dogs were the easy part. Deb proudly took people up on her buggy to assist them and help make them familiar with her favorite grounds, the Webb-Babcock Wildlife Management Area. While increasingly ill over the years, Debbie would help the game commission with the annual fall quail count, and numerous youth day events, in an effort for continuity of the sport she loved and gave so much of her time and energy to pursuing.

Dear friend Robert Franks of Arkansas is kindly donating a rotating trophy in honor of Deb and her all-age dogs to be presented in the fall to the all-age winner at the Members’ Memorial trial.

Deb is survived by a slew of kin, ex-husband Larry Voorhees and long-time friend Larry Yeager. One of her dying wishes was that her dogs and horses would be taken care of and to that end she was successful. Rest in peace Deb.

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