Obituary-Larry Eugene Webb


Mr. Larry Eugene Webb, age 61, of Lewisburg, Tenn., died Monday, July 31, 2006, at his home after an extended illness.

            He was born May 21, 1945, in Franklin, N.C., to Leona Hunter Waters of North Carolina and the late Lincoln Eugene Webb.  He was a trainer of world champion Tennessee Walking Horses for over 40 years.

In 1972, Webb won the Two-Year-Old Mare World Championship with Judy’s Honeycomb and the Four-Year-Old World Championship with Delight’s Hostess; in 1973 the Four-Year-Old World Championship with John’s Rebel Maid; in1977 the 15.2 and Under Mares World Championship with Delight’s Summer Girl and in 1978 the Three-Year-Old World Championship with Handshaker’s Design. He also trained Ebony’s Threat and was reserve at the Celebration with this great horse as a two-year-old. Webb also rode Senator as a four-year-old.

Larry Webb is remembered best by his many rides with the crowd favorite Ebony’s Time Around. He rode this horse at the Celebration from 1981 through 1987.  He won the Stallion World Championship in 1984 and 1986. In 1985 and 1987, the team was reserve in both the Stallion World Championship and the World Grand Championship. Many still remember the cheers echoing from the ring for this tremendous team. Webb also rode many other notables, including Lite & Lively Too, Design’s Masterpiece and Judge’s Lady Legacy. His most recent world championship was aboard the great mare Pusher’s Special Design. They claimed the 1988 Four-Year-Old World Championship. In 2003, Webb showed another bay horse, Mighty Brew, in the Three-Year-Old Stallion division.

            In addition to his mother, he is survived by three sons, Link (Rhea Ellen) Webb, of Lewisburg, Tim (Amanda) Webb, of Petersburg and Mark Webb, of Greensboro, N.C.; three grandchildren, Lane Webb, Tristen Webb and Ethan Spain.

Webb passed his love of horses on to his son, Link Webb, one of the most prominent trainers today, his son Tim Webb, professional farrier, and his grandsons, Lane and Tristen Webb, whom he spent many hours with at home and around the barn at Link Webb Stables.