Freehold, NJ --- Leo C. McNamara, 60, a third-generation harness horseman and executive administrator of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey died this weekend.
In addition to his duties at the SBOANJ, Mr. McNamara owned and managed Two Gaits Farm in Columbus, N.J., named after his family farm in Carmel, Ind.
Mr. McNamara’s grandfather stood the foundation sire of modern pacers, Hal Dale, and bred the great pacer Adios at Two Gaits Farm.
He was a member of the board of directors of the SBOANJ for seven years before becoming its administrator, serving as chairman of the group’s breeders committee for three years and as first vice president.
From 1973 through 1979, Mr. McNamara, an Indiana native, worked in various capacities in Standardbred husbandry, including farm superintendent at Pine Hollow Stud in Pine Bush, N.Y., while attending Orange County Community College and graduating with an associates degree in applied sciences in business administration.
He then was farm manager at Holly Lane Stud and later Almahurst Farm in Lexington, where he managed Nihilator’s first years at stud, raised Laag and Leah Almahurst, among others, and supervised a 40-man crew.
Mr. McNamara came to New Jersey to be farm manager of Dreamaire Stud in Columbus, where he raised Camtastic and Fake Left, managed part of Cam Fella’s stallion career and then started the new Two Gaits.
He is survived by his wife, Cathy; and daughter, Celeste.
More information about his family and services will be updated when available.
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