Carolyn T. Groves, who with her husband, Franklin N. Groves, helped develop North Ridge Farm near Lexington into a major nursery, died Feb. 11 in Las Vegas. She was 81.
A memorial service was held in Minneapolis on March 1.
North Ridge Farm was a leading commercial breeder and consignor of auction yearlings at Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland, and won an Eclipse Award as outstanding breeder in North America in 1989. North Ridge Farm bred more than 65 stakes winners including champions Capote and Blushing John and grade I winners Tsunami Slew, Ruhlmann, Sabona, and Latin American. The farm was sold in 1990 to Kenneth T. Jones Jr.
The couple also developed a nationally prominent Saddlebred show stable and leading breeding farms for American Saddlebreds in Minnesota and Kentucky in the 1970s and '80s.
In addition to her husband of 58 years, Groves is survived by three children, eight grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.