Kentucky farrier Donald “Donnie” Ropp passed away May 13, 2024. He was 64.

Dr. Wayne Nichols mentored Ropp as a teenager when he began riding Thoroughbred racehorses. After spending a short time as a jockey, he became Jack Van Berg’s assistant trainer and was part of Alysheba’s successful career. Later, he became a farrier, which he continued to do for the remainder of his life.

He is survived by his wife, five children and eight grandchildren.

To offer condolences to the family, give flowers or plant a tree in Ropp’s honor, visit the Pearson Funeral Home website.