Margaret Hammond of Peyton, CO, renowned equestrienne, horse trainer and international horse show judge, died June 26 of Alzheimer's disease. She was 65.
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Born July 6, 1948, the daughter of Charles and Sylvia Hammond of Denver, Margaret moved with her family when she was a youngster to the Black Forest area directly east of the United States Air Force Academy. Margaret became enamored with horses at an early age and admitted years later that "they just couldn't keep me off of them."
Margaret was also respected as an excellent horse show judge. She held judging cards in all the major associations. She judged throughout the United States and Canada, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and Dominican Republic.
The American Quarter Horse Association presented the Professional Horseman's Lifetime Achievement to Margaret in 2008 - "for a lifetime of commitment to the equine industry." In 2011 she was inducted in the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Hall of Fame.
Margaret was preceded in death by her parents and a brother and sister, Dick Hammond and Carol Moore. She is survived by her sister Charlene Morgan (Butch), plus eight nieces and nephews and about a million friends.
A memorial service for Margaret will be held at 10 a.m., Sunday, July 20, at Norris-Penrose Event Center, 1045 Lower Gold Camp Rd., Colorado Springs, CO 80905.
In lieu of flowers. Margaret's family requested that memorial gifts be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation's Endowment Fund at P.O. Box 32111, Amarillo, TX 79120 (indicate "Margaret Hammond" in memo line); or by calling 808-378-5040.
Published in The Gazette on July 13, 2014