The Virginia Horse Center Foundation community is mourning the loss of one of its founding members, Stephen “Steve” Cushing McBroom on October 11, 2016.
Stephen McBroom was born on September 5, 1952. A lifelong horseman, McBroom was widely regarded as the “Champion of the Virginia Horse Industry.” Along with his wife, Diane Craun McBroom, he owned and operated Owl Hollow Farm in Floyd, Virginia, where they raised and trained many successful show horses, including champion Morgan stallion, Van Lu Starbuck.
McBroom served on the board of the Virginia Horse Center for 14 years from 2000-2014. While always maintaining a position on the board, McBroom was president of the Virginia Horse Center from 2006 until 2014 and helped to guide the VHC in its transformation from a public to private organization.
McBroom was inducted into the Virginia Horse Center Hall of Fame in 2010 in recognition of his dedicated leadership, professional achievements, and passion for the Virginia horse community at large.
Stephen McBroom is survived by his wife, Diane Craun McBroom, his daughter Emily June McBroom Stilley, and his son Michael Ross Agee McBroom.
A celebration of Steve’s life will take place on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 10 a.m. in the Floyd County High School Gymnasium in Floyd VA.
A foundation is being established in Steve’s honor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests future donations to this foundation be considered, details of which will be announced at his life celebration.