05/14/2012 1:52PM

Gustave C. Schoenborn Sr., founder of New York farm, dies at 75

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Gustave C. Schoenborn Sr., who founded Schoenborn Brothers Farm in New York with his brother Everett, died on May 11 at his home in Coxsackie, N.Y. He was 75.

A Detroit native, Schoenborn opened the farm in Climax, N.Y., after leaving the U. S. Army in 1956, and it became one of the Empire State’s most prominent Thoroughbred breeding operations. Over five decades, Schoenborn Brothers Farm stood such stallions as Talc, Cormorant, Noble Nashua, and Triocala.

Schoenborn also is the father of Gus Schoenborn Jr., the founder and former owner of Contemporary Stallions who now has a 25 percent ownership interest in Questroyal Stud’s venture at the former Sez Who Farm in Stillwater, N.Y.

Schoenborn is survived by his sons Gus Jr., and Monte; daughter Jennifer Lezatte; sisters Virginia O’Keefe and Arlene Ricciardi; and brother Everett.

Visitation was to take place May 15 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at W. C. Brady’s Sons Funeral Home in Coxsackie. Funeral services were scheduled for that evening, with Honor Guard services at 7:30 p.m. and funeral services at 7:45 p.m.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Community Hospice, 47 Liberty St., Catskill, N.Y. 12414 or to Columbia Greene Humane Society, 125 Humane Society Rd., Hudson, N.Y., 12534.