Several years after helping to create Pinky’s Promise in his wife’s name, Mark was also diagnosed with cancer.
“When he first got diagnosed, of course it tore me to pieces,” Clint said. “But he told me that for him it was a win-win. He said that if he were to beat it, then he’d be able to spend even more time with us, but if he lost, then he’d get to go be with Pinky since he still missed her every day. So, he looked directly down the barrel of that gun with absolutely no fear. And he ended up losing that battle, but I know he’s happy to be back together with Mom.”
After Mark passed, he left the horses to his brother, Mike, and Clint.
“I know he’s still here,” Mike said. “People from all over the country come and tell us at horse shows how proud they are to see that we carry on that tradition. This bloodline meant everything to him.”