Harlan C. Abbey was a newspaper sportswriter, author, newspaper editor, horse rider and racer and horse owner. Born in Cleveland, he developed an early passion for horses and worked as a riding instructor. He graduated from University of Missouri in Kansas City in 1952 and after training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, he served from 1953 to 1955 in Seoul, South Korea, rising to the rank of staff sergeant. While stationed abroad he edited the Army newspaper. After military service, he studied journalism at Northwestern University, earning a master’s degree in 1956. He then worked for two Western New York newspapers writing sports copy for the Union Sun and Journal and the Buffalo Courier-Express. Fully immersed in the world of horse riding, he authored two books, Showing Your Horse: Blue Ribbon Horsemanship, and Horses and Horse Shows, in 1970, and 1980. On the closing of the Buffalo Courier-Express, he became managing editor of the Buffalo Jewish Review, but continued reporting on horse racing. With friends he owned several off-track thoroughbred horses. He continued to ride horses up to the age 79.
Books Written By Harlan Abbey
Harlan C. Abbey, Showing Your Horse: Blue Ribbon Horsemanship, A. S. Barnes, 1970.
Harlan C. Abbey, Horses and Horse Shows, A S Barnes & Co; First Edition, 1980.
Sportswriter Harlan Abbey Passes
Sportswriter Harlan Abbey Passes, Bloodhorse, September 13, 2014
Harlan C. Abbey, journalist, horseman, author
Harlan C. Abbey, journalist, horseman, author, Buffalo News, September 10, 2014
Obituary Notice: Abbey, Harlan C., Buffalo News
Obituary Notice: Abbey, Harlan C., Buffalo News, September 9, 2014
Books Written and Articles about Harlan Abbey
Where Have All the Horses Gone? How Advancing Technology Swept American Horses from the Road, the Farm, the Range and the Battlefield,
Jonathan V. Levin, Where Have All the Horses Gone? How Advancing Technology Swept American Horses from the Road, the Farm, the Range and the Battlefield, McFarland & Company, 2017.
Jews in the Game Sports Panel
Jews in the Game Sports Panel, Channel 2 Sportscaster Stu Boyar moderates a panel of Jewish sports personalities including sports writers Harlan Abbey.
At 79 he quit riding OTTBs, but love endures
Susan Salk, “At 79 he quit riding OTTBs, but love endures,” Off Track Thoroughbreds, August 31, 2012.
Being put out to pasture is fine with them
Anne Neville, “Being put out to pasture is fine with them,” Buffalo News, Jun 10, 2010