Longtime trainer Charles V.B. Cushman Jr., 85, died Monday, Aug. 1, at his summer home in Chadds Ford, Pa. Cushman was a permanent resident of Camden, S.C., and was well known in racing circles there and in New York and the Mid-Atlantic.

Cushman worked extensively in Thoroughbred racing as a trainer and bloodstock agent. He rode steeplechase races as an amateur and trained steeplechase and flat horses for decades. In partnership with Kip Elser, Cushman co-founded Kirkwood Stables and was active in its operation until he retired.

Among his charges was 1961 steeplechase champion Peal, who won the Temple Gwathmey among other top races while competing for owner Harry Love.

Cushman rode in his hometown race, the Carolina Cup, and also trained a winner of the steeplechase. Cushman’s son John won National Steeplechase Association jockey championships from 1980-83.

Cushman’s survivors include his wife Joanne; sons, Charles III and John; and a daughter, Anne.

Burial will be private on Friday, Aug. 5, followed by a church service at Grace Episcopal Church, Camden, S.C. at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kershaw Health Foundation, 1315 Roberts Street, Camden SC 29020. Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

 

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