John Franzreb, respected riders, nationally renowned track master and owner of Clove Lake Stables, dies at 79
STATEN ISLAND, NY – John E. Franzreb III, 79, a well-respected rider who has been a track master at horse shows across the country and whose family owned Clove Lake Stables, died Friday at the Richmond University Medical Center from the aftermath of a short illness.
Franzreb, who was known for his infectious smile, “larger than life” personality and positive attitude, embodied values and a strong work ethic instilled by his family, deeply rooted in Staten Island.
Intrepid entrepreneurial entrepreneur, as the owner and operator of the famous family business, he transformed Clove Lake Stables into one of the most successful riding academies in the East – teaching celebrities, adults and young people the art of riding and understanding horses.
Franzreb has been a track master, steward and director of major horse shows across the country, including the prestigious National at Madison Square Garden.
His name was also synonymous with the sound of the bugle – a gift from August A. Busch Jr., who owned Anheuser-Busch – to wake up Charles G. Hogg for the annual Groundhog Day ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo.
Franzreb made sure to promote and present with pride and pleasure the attributes of the borough, boasting of great studio wigs that Staten Island had the backgrounds for the films – with the same opening, trees, ponds. and the mansions that could be found elsewhere.
And over time, Staten Island has become a center for movie people and the location of several blockbusters and classics.
On the big screen, Franzreb played mounted policemen, filmed commercials as a white knight, and drove vehicles and horses for the actors.
Franzreb is survived by his wife, Judy; the couple’s three sons, John IV (Cheryl), Jeffrey, (Christine), Jarad, (Crissy) and six grandchildren, Taylor, Jack, Maggie, Casey, Sean and Ally.
A full obituary will follow in advance and the SILive.com