Wilton, N.H., farrier Robert Whitney passed away Friday, Sept. 23, 2016. He was 90.

He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War, enlisting at a very young age after Pearl Harbor.

Whitney was a skilled blacksmith, farrier and horseman. He especially was proud of having been a handler for the Budweiser Clydesdales for 20 years, which allowed him to travel throughout the United States and participate in well-known parades, such as the Rose Bowl Parade and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Upon his retirement from Budweiser, he was able to focus on his passion for horses and devoted much of his time to competing in draft horse pulls. His expert advice and knowledge pertaining to horses was often sought by local teamsters and owners.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Wilton, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Spring Hill Horse Rescue, at 175 Middle Rd., Clarendon, VT, 05759.

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