Leatherbury to discuss his life as winning racehorse trainer


October 05, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KING T. Leatherbury, a top trainer of racehorses and a Shady Side native, will talk about his life's work during an event on Nov. 6 at the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society.

"I have loved what I have done all my life," said Leatherbury, who lives in Bowie. "It was like a hobby that became a profession."

His father, Taylor Leatherbury, raised horses on the Shady Side farm where King grew up. After graduating from Southern High School and the University of Maryland, Leatherbury began a career of more than 40 years. Collectively, horses trained by Leatherbury have racked up almost 6,000 wins, making Leatherbury the third-most-winning racehorse trainer nationwide.

Admission to his talk at the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society will cost $5. The event will begin at 7: 30 p.m., and coffee and dessert will be served.

The Shady Side Rural Heritage Society is housed in the Captain Salem Avery House Museum, 1418 W. Shady Side Road in Shady Side.

Information: 410-867-2866.

Birthday celebrations

A belated happy birthday to Auradale Cook, who turned 101 on Sept. 13.

Her nephew, Martin Holliman, threw a party for her at his home in Edgewater.

Cook is a widow who lives in the Kris-Leigh Assisted Living facility in Davidsonville. The folks there put on a party for Cook and Laura Mills, a Kris-Leigh resident who turned 99 on Sept. 11. A belated happy birthday to Mills, too.

"They just loved everyone being around," said Margaret Alexander, manager of Kris-Leigh.

The women were serenaded with guitar music, received corsages from the Kris-Leigh staff and shared a cake with other residents.

Blood drive

The South Arundel Junior Women's Club is sponsoring a blood drive for the American Red Cross from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church in Lothian.

Baby sitting will be available during the blood drive, which will be in the parish auditorium. Refreshments will be served.

Information: 410-867-2274.

Scholarship winners

Five Annapolis-area residents and one South County resident are among 21 Anne Arundel high school students who were honored Saturday for winning scholarships worth $3,000 each as part of a state-sponsored distinguished scholars program.

They are Caitlin Marlow, from Annapolis High School; Melissa DeBartolomeo, from Southern High School; Caitlin Pickall, from the Key School, and Sara Greene, Jamie Smith and Mark Kastantin, from St. Mary's High School.

The scholarships are awarded based on academic and artistic achievements. The 21 Anne Arundel recipients are among 350 winners statewide.

Pub Date: 10/05/98

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