"Honey" Craven 1904 - 2003
Equestrian Lifetime Achievement Honoree Clarence L. Honey
Craven, one of the horse worlds star figures, passed away
Wednesday, July 23, at age 98.
70-year associate of the National Horse Show, Craven was a staple,
serving in various roles including Ringmaster and Manager. In
1926 Craven was asked by W. Reginald Reeves, secretary to the
National Horse Show, to fill the Assistant to the Ringmaster position
at the show. A year later, he was promoted to Ringmaster, according
to Craven himself, when the current Ringmaster, Dutch White, unexpectedly
left the job. He quickly taught himself to sound the horn and
filled the role until 1958 when he began his 25-year tenure as
manager for the National Horse Show. Following the shows
100th anniversary in 1983 he became the Manger Emeritus.
began his tenure at the Devon Horse Show in 1936. He started by
calling the classes and, since there was no public address system
then, he rode a polo pony to the ring, found out how long it would
be until the next class, and galloped up to the barns. He then
served as Ringmaster until taking over as manager and then was
named Manager Emeritus. Craven also served as Ringmaster at shows
that include Piping Rock on Long Island, Pin Oak in Texas, Eastern
States in Massachusetts and North Show in New York.
Equestrian President, Alan F. Balch, commented, Today, equestrian
sport lost not only a pioneer but a giant. Honey saw
our sport develop over nearly a century and will be remembered
forever for his guidance, his love of all horses, his innovation
in management, and perhaps, above all, his warmth, friendship,
and inspiration to all those who loved horses with him.
services will take place Saturday, July 26th. There will be a
visitation from 9-10 a.m. and the service begins at 10:30 a.m.
at St. Margarets Church in Madison, CT.
Craven is survived by his daughter and son-in-law Mr. & Mrs.
Henry O. Robinson II, grand children, Henry O. Robinson, III,
Lawrence Preston Robinson, Elizabeth Robinson Baldwin and great
grandchildren Hannah Aileen Baldwin and William Augustus Baldwin.
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