Carolyn Horton Rogers passed away peacefully on February 14, 2016, at the age of 88. She was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Samuel H. Rogers, Jr. Together they raised and raced Thoroughbred horses from their White Oaks farm in Leesburg, Virginia for over sixty years. Most recently they had been residents of Spring Arbor of Leesburg.
Carolyn was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to Phin and Frances Medearis Horton. She was raised in Winston-Salem and attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. Having learned how to ride horses from her father at a very early age, she became an accomplished horsewoman and successfully showed both Saddlebreds and hunters in the highest level of horse shows along the east coast and even Canada. She and Sam were long time consignors to horse sales, including the Fasig-Tipton Summer Yearling Sale in Saratoga Springs, NY where they sold numerous stakes winners, such as champion Sharp Cat. Carolyn was one of the first women to obtain her Thoroughbred race horse Trainer’s license and campaigned a number of winners, many of which she and Sam had bred themselves. She was also active with Thoroughbred breeders’ organizations in Virginia and Maryland. She will be remembered for her little Chihuahua dogs that she always carried with her.
Carolyn was predeceased by her brother Phin Horton III of Newland, NC. She is survived by three children, Carolyn Rainbow (Bill) Acorn Farm, Ocala, FL, Susan Parks (Kenneth F.) Leesburg, VA, and Samuel H. Rogers III (Matthew Hamblet) Jefferson, Md. The Rogers have four grandchildren- Shelley P. Shen, Catherine R. Rainbow MD, William A.T. (Bo) Rainbow DVM and Samuel S. Parks – and two great-grandchildren.
The Rogers family would like to thank the wonderful individuals on the staff of Spring Arbor of Leesburg for their compassionate and dedicated care in the last months of her life.
Funeral arrangements are pending. They will be organized by the Hall Funeral Home of Purcellville, VA. Please visit their website at www.hallfh.com for further information. Interment will be in Union Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Old Friends Equine Retirement, 1841 Paynes Depot Rd., Georgetown, KY 40324 www.oldfriendsequine.org