In Memory: Happy Trails to Skeeter

Edward “Skeeter” Hembry

I have known Skeeter for over 35 years, and recently wrote an article about him for Warrenton Lifestyle. He was a quiet, gentle man who touched many lives. He was known as a man who could fix absolutely anything with his leather tools and industrial sewing machines (horse related or not), and for a reasonable price. He only had one rule in his shop: “No dirty horse blankets.” 

When he died, I posted the article on community Facebook pages, and received almost 700 reactions, and over 75 comments. Words that were used in the comments were terms like “legend”, “incredible horseman”, “genuine”, “always smiling”, “a treasure”, “great storyteller”, “amazing craftsman”, “a man of integrity and skill”, and “a guy who really knew leather”. 

And many, many wishes for “happy trails”. 

Rest in peace, Skeeter

— Pam Kamphuis

Edward “Skeeter” Hembry, 82, passed away peacefully with close friends by his side on November 4th at Fauquier Hospital after a courageous battle with blood cancer. Born and raised in Herndon, Virginia, Skeeter has been a well-known member of the Warrenton community since 1978. He touched the lives of many throughout the horse community and beyond and will be fondly remembered for his warm, welcoming smile and friendly demeanor. Skeeter owned and operated Skeeter’s Custom Leather & Tack Shop, first in Fairfax and then in New Baltimore, for more than 50 years where he custom made Western saddles, repaired tack and horse blankets, and much more. He started training horses at age 15. A lifelong horseman and member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), Skeeter judged AQHA horse shows throughout the United States and Canada for more than 25 years. His stallions sired AQHA champions for decades. Skeeter was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Frankie Marie Hembry, brother Eugene Hembry, and sister Margaret Hembry. He is survived by his sisters Linda Mae Hembry and Judy A. Robinson, his brother James F. Hembry, numerous nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Skeeter’s memory to the Equine Rescue League, equinerescueleague.org/donate or call 540-822-4577. 

To read the previously published article, go to piedmontlifestyle.com/community/if-you-have-horses-you-know-skeeter/

Pam Kamphuis
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Pam Kamphuis is an editor and writer for Piedmont Virginian Magazine and Piedmont Lifestyle Magazines.

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