Charlie Weaver, a legendary horseman and rider, passed away on June 7, 2010. "Charlie grew up riding in Fairfax, Virginia. Born with a natural ability and passion for horses that would carry him through life, Charlie Weaver's first mentor was horsewoman Mrs. A.C. Randolph, with whom he made famous the hunters War Dress and Army Wife.
His next job proved to be very influential on his career when he went to work for Bernie Traurig. Through Bernie, Charlie moved to Cismont Manor Farm to work for Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Wheeler. He made and rode the most famous champions of the time, including Super Flash, Ruxton, Early Light, Stocking Stuffer, Weather Permitting, Play Games, Fun and Games, Two For One and Just For Fun.
From 1985 to 2000, Charlie Weaver worked for Paul and Robin Greenwood in North Salem, New York at their Old Salem Farm. During this time he met and trained Kelly Klein and Stormy Good and continued to do so for the next 24 years until the time of his death.
He was Champion and Leading Hunter Rider numerous times at every major competition including The National Horse Show, Harrisburg, Washington, Upperville, Middleburg, The Hampton Classic and of course, Devon, one of his all time favorite shows. His last Leading Hunter Rider accomplishment came in the famed Dixon Oval in 1999.
Charlie Weaver was inducted into the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame in 2002, joining two of his famous mounts, Stocking Stuffer and Ruxton. In 2006 he was inducted into the Upperville Colt and Horse Show Wall of Honor.
The true joys of his life were his partner, Brian Simonson, his horses, and of course his current dog, Swell. To know Charlie was to know that he belonged with Brian.
They say the way to heaven is on horseback. So ride on, Charlie, we will miss you.
Photo: Charlie Weaver & Super Flash