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Death of Canadian horseman Colterjohn

DR. MICHAEL Colterjohn, president of Gardiner Farms in Ontario, Canada, died on Wednesday following a battle with cancer. He was 55.

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Colterjohn lived in Malaysia, England, and Zambia before his family emigrated to Canada when he was 11.

An equine reproductive veterinarian by trade, Colterjohn joined Gardiner Farms in 1987 and helped it maintain its status as one of Canada's leading outfits.

The farm was formerly the home of leading Canadian sire Bold Executive, who died last year. Today it is home to four stallions including Philanthropist, a regally-bred son of Kris S who sired four stakes performers last year out of a first crop of 35. They were topped by the Gardiner Farms-bred Pender Harbour, who won last year's prestigious Breeders' and Prince Of Wales' Stakes.

Colterjohn also operated the Ontario-based Paradox Farm with his wife, Dr. Moira Gunn, in partnership with farm manager Sherry McLean.

In addition to his wife, Colterjohn is survived by his mother, Libby, and a son, Duncan.

 

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