Elizabeth Busch Burke, one of the country's most celebrated equestrian supporters and granddaughter of August A. Busch, Sr., co-founder of Anheuser-Busch, passed away on December 20, 2011, surrounded by her family and friends. Burke was 76. Over her lifetime, Burke's passion for equestrian sport and her involvement in the hunter/jumper discipline were legendary. As one of the heirs to the Budweiser Empire, her commitment to financially supporting a long list of events and championships was a great benefit to the sport. A short list of her philanthropic support of such events includes the Budweiser American Invitational, the Budweiser AGA Championship, the Budweiser Grand Prix of the Pennsylvania National Horse Show, the Budweiser Grand Prix of the Devon Horse Show, and the Budweiser World Cup Qualifier at the Syracuse Invitational.
She also worked on the administrative side of the sport as a member of the Show Jumping Hall of Fame Board of Directors, and she was an inductee into the Show Hunter Hall of Fame.
Her involvement extended as owner of some of the sports' top horses, as well. Burke was the proud owner of Olympic Games mount Authentic, ridden by Beezie Madden. She also owned many champion show hunters.
Funeral arrangements will be held December 28 at 1 p.m. at Trinity Church in Upperville, VA. A reception will follow in Cox Hall.