Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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gus schickedanz.kronprinz.brendan matthiasGus hunting Kronprinz, a Trakehner /  Brendan Matthias photo

Gustav Schickedanz, ex-MFH, Eglinton and Caledon Hunt (ON), 2009 inductee into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, emigré from war-ravaged Europe, died peacefully at his Schönberg Farm in Ontario on Monday, June 17, 2019. A horseman from his earliest days, Gus was a loveable, courtly, and fascinating man who had personally witnessed the best and the worst of life’s offerings during his ninety years on this planet.

Gus’s life trajectory included the pleasures of a childhood with horses on the three hundred acre family farm in East Prussia, the terror of his family’s flight from the Russians across Germany in World War II, the struggles of gaining entrance to Canada and a new life, achieving wealth through building a successful construction and development company from scratch, the breeding of stakes winners, and the satisfactions derived from devotion to family, horses, and foxhunting.

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+1 # Melvyn Haas 2019-06-27 11:38
I rode with Gus in SC, GA, and Ontario. He was a good man to follow cross country, and a great friend. Sorry to hear of his passing. Gus's approach to life was "Lebens lang und tod schnell." (A long life and a quick death). I am glad he succeeded. Mel Haas, exMFH Whiskey Road.
# Guest 2019-07-16 12:54
Gus was an inspiring example in many ways. And I love that quote and wish I had known it for the biography I did for him.
# Denya Massey 2019-07-02 18:39
Mrs. Schikedanz is the loveliest person you would ever meet. We will miss Mr. Schikedanz very much, but I'm especially sorry for her loss.

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