Jack Stedding, 75, died at his home in Wellington, Fla., on Oct. 23 following a long illness.
Stedding spent most of his life as a trainer at various farms in Maryland and started some of this country's best riders and finest horses.
Among his students were Scott Evans, Nancy Falkner, Sandy Ferrell, Quentin Judge, Mary Lisa Lefler, Jennifer Marshall, Streett Moore, Elizabeth Solter and Tommy Serio.
Some of the champion horses that he helped develop included Cruisin' The Coast, Legend Has It, Ruxton, Space Cowboy, Touch of Magic and Wintarra Ring.
Stedding liked to work with thoroughbreds and bought horses off the track that he developed into winners.
He first worked at Mayfair Farm in Timonium, Md., and in 1967 founded Jabolin Farm along with his wife Bobbie Gardner and Linda Andrisani.
STEDDING and his wife separated in 1979, and in 1980 he opened Monkton Manor in Monkton, Md., with Andrisani.
In 1992, due to the popularity of the shows in Florida, Stedding and Andrisani added a farm in Wellington so that they could follow the show circuit.
In 2003 Stedding suffered a stroke and was no longer able to ride, but he continued to teach.
In 2009, Stedding and Andrisani closed Monkton Mannor and moved to Mississippi for two years but returned to Maryland in 2011 to work with Stephanie Moore in Reistertown, Md.
Stedding was born in Baltimore, Md. on March 31, 1942, and he trained with William McKinley (Linky) Smith until he was 18.
Stedding was inducted into the Maryland Horse Shows Association Hall of Fame in 2000, following in the footsteps of his trainer, Smith.
Stedding was also inducted into the Virginia Horse Shows Hall of Fame and the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame.
He was predeceased by his brother Bob, who died in 2000, and is survived by his wife Josie, his son Jack Stedding, Jr., and his partner Linda Andrisani.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Equestrian Aid Foundation, 11924 W. Forest Hill Blvd, Suite 22-377, Wellington, FL 33414 or equestrianaidfoundation.org.