R.V. “Beaver” Young of Sparta, TN passed away on May 16, 2023 at his home surrounded by family.  R.V. is the father of horse trainer Randy T Young.

R.V. served his country in the United States Army in Vietnam. Following his military service, he had a few factory jobs before fully committing to his lifelong passion of training Tennessee Walking Horses at D&R Stables – owned by Donald D Richards Family. Horses might have been his job, but they were mainly his hobby and source of relaxation. He traveled to horse shows all over from Wisconsin to Florida and all the states in between. He loved a horse that could walk with a good back end. In his years of Training Tennessee Walking Horses he started several colts and show horses that went on to win World Grand Championships at the Celebration in Shelbyville, TN. He also won many Upper Cumberland High Point awards during his time of Training. After his retirement he enjoyed coming to visit the barn and helping share his knowledge of the Tennessee Walking Horse he loved. He loved to share old horse stories and go to horse shows to support his son Randy. You could always find him at the trailer helping get horses ready.  

Please keep Randy Young and his D&R Stables family in your prayers. R.V. will be greatly missed by all who knew him.