The Murphy Family
Last Modified 5/29/2008
Bobby Murphy, Reflecting in the Family's History,
Saddle Horse Report, Sept 17, 2007


Murphy, Walter
Birth Year : 1922
Death Year : 2000

Born in Waddy, KY, Murphy began training horses when he was a boy working alongside his father at Mountjoy Stables in Lawrenceburg, KY. Murphy struck out on his own when he was 16 years old, embarking on a great training career that included about 50 world champion horses, according to his son, trainer Bobby Murphy of Murphy Stables in Urbana, Ohio. Bobby and his father opened Murphy Stables in the 1970s. In 1992, Walter Murphy was the first and only African American inducted into the American Saddlebred Association Hall of Fame in Louisville, KY, only one of the many awards he received. A memorial scholarship in his name has been established at Urbana University. Information submitted by Paula Murphy. For more see B. Parcels, "Love of horses passed down through family," Urbana Daily Citizen, Weekender, 03/03/2001, p. A-3; the Murphy Family; and contact Bobby Murphy.

Subjects: Jockeys, Horsemen & The Derby

Geographic Region: Waddy, Shelby County, Kentucky / Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Kentucky / Urbana, Ohio

Walter Murphy

December 1965

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