Longtime Horse Lover and Competitor Charles Holbrook Passes
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"He was old school and very opinionated but he would do anything for anyone," says Todd Grant, who is a prominent halter trainer in the industry.
Charles Robert Holbrook, 68, of Fort Payne, Alabama, passed away Sunday, February 24, 2013, with his boots on doing what he loved best--riding one of his many horses.

"He stepped off his horse last night and had a heart attack, so he ultimately was doing what he loved," says close friend, Beth Johnson Dunlap. "Charles was a good friend, a mentor, and always making me smile. I will miss him, and his jokes. I know he is going to be looking down on all of us--ready to tell us another way to do what we are doing. I am gonna miss ya Red Rooster!"

Holbrook was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and a member of the VFW. He was known for his love of horses, and was an AQHA Select Amateur Reserve World Champion in the working cow horse and a former AQHA Amateur High Point All-Around champion in the nation. His wife, Pam, shows in the halter and owns the 2012 AQHA High Point Aged Mare. Charles also loved to teach his talented granddaughter the reining.

Halter trainer Todd Grant remembers Holbrook as a character. "He was old school and very opinionated but he would do anything for anyone. He craved horse showing and he loved to tote his granddaughter around to the shows. He never met a stranger, and would also carry on like a banty rooster: strutting, causing havoc, and making everyone laugh."

Exhibitor and friend Deanna Freeland agrees, "A lot of us have so many great memories with Charles. He will be so missed. Prayers to Pam and the rest of the family." (pictured left with his wife, Pam)

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 27th at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Terry Dehart officiating. Burial will follow in Adamsburg Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years Pam Guest Holbrook, son and daughter-in-law Chuck and Wendy Holbrook, daughter and son-in-law Celeste and Derwood Ragan, grandchildren Mariah R. Keith and husband Kyle, Madden Ragan, Ethyn Holbrook, Cheyenne Holbrook, and Hunter Stone, brother Larry Holbrook, sister Lisa Peterson, and mother-in-law Imogene Guest.

*This article is a combination of an obituary posted on the Wilson Funeral Home website as well as interviews done by GoHorseShow. (Pictured below with Beth Johnson Dunlap)

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Added: March 25, 2013. 11:13 PM CDT
Rest In Peace my dear friend.
When I first started back riding I didn't have a clue was I was getting into; however, it is an avenue of sports that I can participate in even though I suffer from Lupus. Every single person I have met in the AQHA world has been so gracious and so very kind to me that I feel as if I'm part of a family that I'm constantly meeting new people......and they are VERY GOOD PEOPLE! MY CONDOLENCES and prayers go out to the family, as I'm not sure I met Mr. Charles Holbrook, but there is a very good possibility that I have and therefore, I would consider him to be a gracious, kind, gentle and thoughtful individual as all of my AQHA friend have all turned out to be. Many prayers go out to my new friend, as I'm sure we met and everyone of you mean the world to me. God Bless,
Lynn Roden (Owner of Hint of My Odyssey -- Trainer -- Blake Moore)
Lynn Roden (Owner of Hint of My Odyssey)
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Added: March 11, 2013. 08:00 PM CDT
Celeste Ragan's Dad
I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend. I didn't know Mr. Holbrook but over at Flat Rock, we love our Princess House lady, Celeste. And we are praying for God's peace and comfort to flow over each and every one of you. I lost my beloved Dad in much the same way as Celeste; he was here with us and then suddenly God took him home. It takes time to heal from the pain and shock and no one will ever take their place. But the Lord and precious memories will get you through it.
No Nickname-Just Georgia
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Added: February 27, 2013. 10:54 AM CDT
Charles Holbrook, you will be missed
My Husband and I knew Charles since the 90's. We knew him as an all-around competetitor and as a good friend. He will truly be missed. ALWAYS had a smile on his face and a comment to be made!

Bless you Pam.
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Added: February 26, 2013. 09:04 PM CDT
Charles Holbrook
He will be greatly missed, RIP Charley....
The Adams family.
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Added: February 26, 2013. 01:52 PM CDT
a great success in everything he did work and play he will be missed by all that knew him.
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Added: February 25, 2013. 08:29 PM CDT
Charles Holbrook
Sorry to hear. Pray for the family and friends
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