Saddlebred World Loses Joanne Pembroke

Apr 13th, 2012 | By | Category: Obituaries

Joanne L. Pembroke, 71, of Jefferson, Wisconsin, formerly of Milton, Wisconsin, passed away on Friday, April 13, 2012, at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital.

Joanne was born on July 23, 1940, daughter of the late David R. and Sylvia (Pearson) Fyfe. Joanne was employed for over 20 years in the Milton School District, as the Librarian at both Milton East and West Elementary Schools.

Those who knew Joanne well, or even slightly made her acquaintance, quickly came to realize that her true calling and passion in life was that of a Saddle Seat equine riding instructor, expertly and patiently teaching children and adults of all ages to appreciate the fine art of horsemanship and exhibiting in competitions. There was nothing she relished more or would rather have done than share her enthusiasm for her beloved horses with others. She was the epitome of a riding instructor, one learned to care for the horse before they ever mounted, and once they were done riding they cared for the horse before themselves. She was both patient and demanding and cared deeply about her beloved Saddlebreds. She was also a founder of the Illinois American Saddlebred Pleasure Horse Association. Unfortunately, injuries sustained in a tragic car accident in March 2006 abruptly ended her 45-year labor of love of passionately sharing her expertise and joy for horses with all.

Joanne will be deeply missed by her son, James and his wife, Tina Pembroke of Texas, as well as her two grandchildren; Jessica Pembroke, a Dean’s list Junior at The University of Texas and Chase Pembroke, a Senior in High School, and a member of the National Honor Society and a commended National Merit Scholar.

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