Tristanne Weber Childress, 34, of Siler City, N.C., died on March 17, 2008, from complications from pneumonia. Childress is the daughter of women's brevet judge, Sharon Weber. Childress, who was born in Colorado, moved to Tulsa, Okla., to train her Morgan horses and finish high school. She attended college while beginning her career as a professional horse trainer. She was working toward filling her ultimate dream of establishing her own training facility, Silhouette Training Stables.
An avid horsewoman, she started riding at three and showing Morgan horses at five. At 10, she competed successfully at the Morgan Horse World and National Championship Show. One year later, she won her first Reserve World Championship. The Morgan Horse Youth Program was an instrumental part of her education from age five and then she contributed greatly to others throughout her involvement of developing and running youth programs, including the National Morgan Youth Program.
Childress is survived by her husband, Ed C. Childress; parents William and Sharon Weber; and grandmother Paula Weber. A memorial service was held at Walker's Funeral Home of Chapel Hill on March 22. There will be a Memorial Scholarship for Morgan Horse Youth set up in her name. Contributions can be sent to Dini Swanson at Tara Farms, 715 Newton Rd., Raleigh, NC 27615-6217.