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It is with heavy heart that we say good-bye to our very own Mr. Dave McGregor. 

In 1995, the PCCHA created a long standing, coveted award for trainers who aspired to be the best they could be in all of their business and personal relationships, to be honest, grateful and supportive of our sport and their fellow competitors.  Dave McGregor was the 1st recipient, and we call this the “Dave McGregor Award.”  For those who were lucky enough to know Dave, then you know how truly blessed we were to be able to call him friend and share in a part of his life.  

The following is from his daughter Debbie, who says it best. 

David John McGregor. 8/14/1926 - 7/2/2024. Dad was 97 years old. He was born in Alberta Canada - the oldest of 13 kids. He grew up fast and pretty much was out on his own at an early age. He always dreamed of being a Canadian Mountie but he was too short to qualify …so he chose to be a cowboy. He worked at some of the bigger cattle ranches in Canada and had some pretty funny stories to tell about his adventures! He finally got tired of the snow and headed down to the “States” during the winter - he farmed, built fence, started colts…. whatever was needed. Luck brought him to work for Bill Benson in Lancaster Ca. Bill grew alfalfa, but his sport of choice was called Cutting. Not many know this but Dad started out calf roping, but when he saw what a cutting horse’s job was, he was hooked. We had a station wagon (with no air conditioning) and a 2 horse miley trailer. A mare called Star Lady was loaded in the back and off we went to every fair and contest there was! Jack pots and $100 purses were all there was back then. So that’s how Dad got started! Another lucky break came when a young man from Mexico came for a cutting lesson on his big black horse! That was Stu Gildred. Stu had just bought a beautiful property in the Santa Ynez Valley and was looking for a trainer/manager. It was just what both men needed. Dad’s career flourished with such horses as Royal Santana, Miss Townbar, Lena’s Becky and later on - Power Player and Royale Merada just to name a few.

Dad’s favorite saying was “I want to show a horse that wants to win as bad as I do”. Stu gave him that opportunity!

Dad went on to make some pretty cool cutting horses on his own- Freckles Kari Too, Tinka’s Broadway Sis and Proud Daughter to name a few. He was also very involved with the PCCHA serving as a Board member and on many committees throughout the years. Very few know this but at one time (late 50’s- early 60’s) the PCCHA was in bad financial trouble so many of the members pitched in to save the Association. $1,000 was a lot of money for a trainer to give up at the time but that’s what he did.

Throughout the years, Dad’s passion for horses just kept growing. His training techniques changed as the sport changed. He watched such greats such as Buster Welch and Don Dodge. But he also observed the young guns and applied their techniques knowing he had to keep up with the times. He became a Horseman along with being a Cowboy! He was always a very positive person and saw the glass as half full. He gave people a chance to show their best side. He was a blessed man! He rode into his early 90’s. Joan, the love of his life for over 30 years, took such great care of him. He was proud to be Josie’s Papa and he was Josie’s biggest role model in her early years. His son, David, lives in Oregon and called him every Sunday to visit. I could not be more proud to call him my Dad. His humor and subtle wisdom (You better be listening!) have influenced me throughout my life. I know this is a long post! Thank you for this opportunity!



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