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American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer Bill Collins died December 31, 2013.
The American Quarter Horse Journal
January 3, 2014
Bill Collins, 89, of Sherwood Park, Alberta, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2013, with his family at his side.
An AQHA 20-year cumulative breeder, Bill witnessed his first cutting in 1946, but it was 1955 before he became involved with the event. Asked to help with a cutting demonstration, it did not take long for Bill to switch from tie-down roping to cutting. A year later, in 1956, Bill and friend Leo Lemieux began showing cutting horses together and subsequently formed Leecoll Stables in Edmonton, Alberta.
By 1965, the stable was doing so well that Bill retired from tie-down roping to attend to the business of up to 75 horses. The horses stabled at Leecoll performed in both English and western events, and Bill soon found himself working with both groups. The cutter even found himself competing in a show jumping competition in Edmonton.
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