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Dickerson, Arnold "Dobie"

(born: 1913  -  died: 1980) 

Race horse trainer, Arnold "Dobie" Dickerson, was the son of Charles T. and Chanie Stout Dickerson who moved to Brentsville (Bourbon county), KY, from Montgomery County, KY, in the late 1920s or early 1930s [source: Arnold Dickerson, self-published by Robert Claxton Winston Day]. The following information comes from Day's publication about his father.

Dobie Dickerson started working with horses when he was hired by Jack Keene, who owned the property where Keeneland Race Track is built today. Dobie Dickerson worked for Keene until he was drafted into the military in 1942, during WWII. After the war, Dobie Dickerson returned home and continued working with horses, working his way up from groomsman to trainer. He traveled with the horses to states such as Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana in the winter, and in the spring he worked up north. In Cleveland, OH, he managed the Brunswick Farm.

Arnold "Dobie" Dickerson died February 1, 1980, his funeral was held in Lexington, KY, and he was buried in the Dickerson family plot in Cedar Heights Cemetery in Paris, KY.  Dickerson is mentioned in the title Wagging Tails, Swishing Tails, Fluffy Tails, and Other Tails by J. Fuson. His career as a trainer included work for owners Donald McKellar, Dr. Ben Roach, Elmhurst Farm, Jack Keene, Walter "Snooks" Ridemour, and Tom Daniels' Broadmoar Farm  [source: "Arnold "Dobie" Dickerson, 66, area racehorse trainer, dies," Lexington Herald-Leader, 02/05/1980, p.C2].



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NKAA Source: Arnold Dickerson (self-published)
NKAA Source: Wagging tails, swishing tails, fluffy tails, and other tails
NKAA Source: Lexington herald-leader (newspaper)

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