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☛ Modine Smith passes at age 94 7-24-17

MODINE SMITH, A GREAT LOSS TO THE CUTTING HORSE INDUSTRY

 

MATRIARCH OF THE SPORT PASSES AWAY AT AGE 94

By Glory Ann Kurtz
July 24, 2017

Modine Smith, an Icon in the cutting horse industry, passed away on July 22 at the age of 94. NCHA photo

She promoted cutting through the NCHA for five decades serving on the Executive Committee of both the NCHA and PCCHA, was inducted into the Halls of Fame of both organizations and had the Modine Smith Humanitarian Award named in her honor. Modine Smith, Grass Valley, Calif, was 94 when she passed away on July 22, 2017. She will be missed by many. Ironically she died during one of the NCHA Triple Crown Events  – the NCHA Summer Spectacular, which was going on in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.

 

According to an article by Elaina Ross on the NCHA website, Modine, along with her late husband Ed Smith, held PCCHA shows at their ranch in Escalon, Calif., where Ed mentored many riders. After Ed passed away in 1979, Modine continued to champion cutting on the local and national level. She was also a recipient of the PCCHA Ed Smith Memorial Sportsmanship Award. and created   She also helped create some of the standards cutting, that we take advantage of today, including the dedicated practice pen, adjusted monitor system for judges, pre-settling of cattle and the PCCHA Gelding Incentive program.

She had a very optimistic attitude and everyone was soon drawn to her.

Modine is survived by her children: John Michael Biggs, Patricia (Biggs) Leach and Laura (Smith) Vaughn; sons-in-law Steve Leach and Frank Vaughn, as well as eight grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.

Celebrations of Modine’s life are being planned for the PCCHA Futurity held Oct. 6-13 in LasVegas, Nev. and the NCHA Futurity, Nov. 15-Dec 10 in Fort Worth. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations on Modine’s behalf go to the PCCHA Youth Scholarship Program or the NCHA Foundation.

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One Comment

  1. We first met Modine Smith at the PCCHA Futurity in 1982, where she was announcing. This was our first experience videoing a cutting event and Modine was so gracious to us. Over the years, we got to know her better; she was a class act through and through. When we left the world of documenting cutting and reined cow horse shows in 1987, Modine was still announcing. I can still hear her warm, melodic voice calling, “Next to work _________, _______in the hole, ________be ready. It was such an honor too, to see her husband memorialized annually with the Ed Smith Award. Those who won that award were truly special people. We’re so happy she lived a long life, full of vitality, and that so many experienced her incredible goodwill and positiveness. Modine made the world a better place.

    Cynthia & Patrick Kennedy

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