16 December 2010

former fair grounds jockey stephanie young dies at age 48

times-picayune excerpt:

Former Fair Grounds and Jefferson Downs jockey Stephanie Young, whose career ended in a spill in 1989, died Wednesday of cancer at age 48.

A New Orleans native, Young rode in the 1980s at all of the Louisiana tracks. She won 203 races before she was thrown from a horse at Birmingham Race Course and paralyzed.

“She rode quite a few horses for me,’’ said veteran Louisiana trainer Bunky Richards. “Some of those horses that guys don’t want to ride, she’d ride them. She was brave.’’ ~ read more
Stephanie Ann Young
February 2, 1962 - December 15, 2010

Stephanie Ann Young, beloved mother, daughter, sister, and friend, rode her way into heaven on Tuesday, December 15, 2010.

From the time Stephanie was born she had an innate love of all animals, but in particular, she had a passion for horses.

She had a natural gift and a strong will, which led to her successful career as a jockey at racetracks in Louisiana and throughout the country.

Stephanie's loving family includes: her son, Sean; mother, Gail Compagno; stepfather, Tony Compagno; father, Laurence Young; also her brother, Kevin Young; sisters: Kathleen Lunn, Susan Guidry, Sharon Young, Julie Compagno; and many nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend Stephanie's Memorial Service at Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd., New Orleans, LA on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 11:00 AM.

Visitation will be held from 9:30 AM until service time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to the Louisiana Horse Rescue Association, P.O. Box 24650, New Orleans, LA 70184.

To sign and view the Family Guestbook, please visit www.lakelawnmetairie.com.

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