One of the pioneers of the New York breeding program, Gustave C. Schoenborn Sr. died May 11 at his home in Coxsackie, N.Y., following a short illness. He was 75.
Born in Detroit in 1936, Schoenborn served in the U.S. Army from 1952-56.
With his brother, Everett, he founded Schoenborn Brothers Farm, which quickly became one of the leading Thoroughbred breeding operations in New York. The brothers operated the farm for five decades, standing such regional standouts as Cormorant and Talc.
Schoenborn’s son, Gus Schoenborn Jr., would go on to found Contemporary Stallions. Contemporary stood New York stalwarts Ends Well and Double Negative, plus Lucky Roberto, subsequently a successful sire in Argentina, and City Zip, who now stands at William S. Farish’s Lane’s End Farm near Versailles, Ky.