Fenwick Kollock, known to generations of horse enthusiasts as “Fen,” brought to the equestrian world a blend of skill, dedication and good manners that will serve as ideal for years to come.
As a teacher, riding school owner and creative member of horse organizations, she left an indelible mark on everything she undertook.
One of her first actions after her arrival in Washington was to engage a horse for a ride at the Pegasus Stable in suburban Chevy Chase. A few years later, she was the owner of Pegasus and the nearby Meadowbrook Stable, with its training rings and hunter trial course. In the ensuing years, she influenced the lives of thousands of riders – young and old – and at one time was supervising more than 550 pupils each week.
At a time when riding styles were a mixture of theories and practices, she embraced and taught the forward riding seat advanced by Capt. Vladimir Littauer, who personally conducted clinics at Fen’s stables.
Though soft-spoke and immaculate in attire, Fen Kollock imparted a firm determination in everything she did. As a long-standing Director of the Washington International Horse Show, she conceived two memorable events – the Evolution of the Horse, and the Bicentennial Parade of Breeds. The Bicentennial Exhibition, performed at the 1976 Washington International Horse Show, was later used at the 1978 World Championship Three-Day Event in Lexington, Ky. Fen was also instrumental in bringing back the Black Stallion to the Washington International Horse Show. Along with Bazie Tankersley, Fen tracked down the Black Stallion and brought him to the Show.
At one period, during a hiatus in the staffing of the Washington International Horse Show, Fen moved from membership on The Board of Directors to become the acting Executive Director of the Show.
Throughout her career, she encouraged young riders in the foxhunting, show jumping, eventing and recreational riding. Her influence will live on in the personal lives of dozens of men and women who were beneficiaries of her zeal and dedication.
In her honor, the Directors of the Washington International Horse Show dedicate the 2002 show to the memory of H. Fenwick Kollock, horsewoman superieure and salutes her as its 2002 inductee into the Washington International Horse Show Hall of Fame.