Trainer Dick Beach Dies
The longtime horseman was 86.
November 18, 2016
Longtime California-based trainer Richard “Dick” Beach passed away on November 6 following a long battle with Parkinson’s disease according to his longtime friend, former Quarter Horse owner Robert Harabedian. He was 86.
Born on January 8, 1930, Beach established himself as one of the top trainers at Los Alamitos in the 1960s and early 1970s. He won 285 Quarter Horse races at the Orange County oval in his career and was second in the standings with 20 wins from 144 starts in 1971.
Beach was part of a solid training colony that included a young Blane Schvaneveldt, John Cooper, Rodney Hart and Elmer January and many other great trainers of past years like Dave Newby, Dale Badon, Larry Kleve, James McArthur, Kenneth Chapman, Wayne Charlton, and D.Wayne Lukas.
"He was a hard worker," Cooper said. "He was a good horse shoer. He shoed his own horses. He had his share of good Quarter Horses."
Following his retirement from training, Beach resided in Wildomar, California.
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