Karin (Peterson) Holmes passed away at home in Canadice March 26, 2017, after a long illness. She is survived by her son Kurt Holmes of Conesus, daughter Diane Holmes, grandson Jesse Freund both of Canadice. Brother Kurt Petersen, sister-in-law, Vera Petersen both of Oakville, Ontario, Canada. Niece, Linda Petersen. Nephews, Paul Petersen, Glenn Petersen, Steven Petersen. Great nieces, Brit, Sydney, and Carmen. Great nephews, Bryce, Alex, Brayden, Erik, and Shan all of Ontario and British Columbia Canada as well as extended family and friends.
“Big things come in small packages”
Karin was the epitome of that saying. She was born in Kollund, Denmark. From generations of farmers and having both grandfathers known horse breeders it was her passion to follow in their legacy. Her grandfather Edlif Petersen was known throughout Europe for his majestic Belgian Stallions.
After weathering WWII, she met her husband, an American soldier and immigrated to the United States and had a family. Eventually settling in New York where she started her own business of running a horse farm.
Karin became a successful and accomplished equestrian, trainer, teacher and breeder. She had a keen eye for a good horse and a knack for training those that were difficult, like her beloved “Luke” whom she broke, trained and showed at a competitive level. As a breeder, Karin was sought out for her lovely, talented offspring, most she broke and trained herself. Many became champions. At 80 she was able to show and win with her final baby two-time Grand Champion Bentley.
She was fearless and tireless as a competitor – Steeple Chases (winning) eventing, and Dressage before it was taken seriously by her peers.
She studied and trained with the best, George Morris, and Capt. Nadsy.
Her time was devoted to Pony Club, was a member of the Genesee Valley Breeders, Dressage Association, Genesee Valley Fox Hunt Club, and an innovator of many projects.
Karin will be greatly and deeply missed but leaves an immensely rich legacy to so many.
Services were held privately. Burial Canadice Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Richmond Ambulance, PO Box 469, Honeoye, NY 14471, Ontario-Yates Hospice/FLVNS, 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, NY 14456, or any animal shelter of your choice. Arrangements, Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, Inc., Livonia ~ Honeoye. To send a condolence please visit: www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com