Stuart Alan Greenberg 1948 – 2021
Stuart was born in Louisville, Kentucky on March 18, to Rayna and Hymie Greenberg. He graduated from Seneca High School in 1966, then joined the Marine Corps and served from 1967 to 1971. He studied psychology at the University of Kentucky, landscape architecture at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and in 1978 went on to study Farrier Science at Colorado Northwestern Community College School of Horseshoeing in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Horseshoeing ultimately became his lifelong passion and career. Not only did he shoe for 43 years, he taught Farrier Science at the Santa Rosa Junior College in California for over 30 years. Additionally, Stuart was dedicated to his practice of Transcendental Meditation for 50 years and became a teacher of TM, studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Spain in the early 70’s.
In 2011 Stuart was inducted into the Equus Hall of Fame by the Sonoma County Horse Council, as a testament to his years of humble and dedicated service as a classical farrier, and as teacher and mentor to hundreds of equestrians in Sonoma County. His students included owners, veterinarians, and aspiring farriers. He consistently received the highest evaluations for his class. Stuart’s farrier technique is a dying art. He forged all his own shoes, making each set at home before he left for his shoeing appointments. His practice evolved into shoeing horses that needed special care and rehabilitation. Stuart viewed helping the horse as his primary focus, whether it was a little girl’s pony with founder, or a retired horse needing comfort during its senior years.
When he was not shoeing horses, Stuart enjoyed blacksmithing as he created custom fireplace tools and irons, and small decorative pieces. Another pastime that gave him great pleasure was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycles. Stuart lived in Glen Ellen, California.
Stuart was an active member of the Western Farriers Association and the American Farriers Association as well as a lifetime member of the NRA.
Stuart had always lived life on his terms. He had a unique style and grace that is rarely found these days.
He was honest to a fault and always spoke his mind. Stuart was from another era, an era which we will never see again—a consummate gentleman, polite, gracious and generous. He was a true American Patriot and very proud of that. He will be greatly missed beyond words by his family and his wide circle of friends. And no one will forget the memorable cadence of his voice.
He died on December 25, 2021, at Queen of the Valley Hospital in Napa, California, where he was hospitalized. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rayna and Hymie Greenberg, his nephew Greg Ashley Greenberg, and his sister-in-law, Terry Saltzman Greenberg. He is survived by his sister Judy Greenberg Guetig (Mark), his brother James Greenberg ( Carrie), two grandnieces and one grandnephew.
Contributions may be made in memory of Stuart to the USO, Dept. WS, P.O. Box 96860, Washington, DC 20090-6860, or Hillsdale College, 33 E. College St., Hillsdale, Michigan 49242, or to the charity of your choice.
No memorial service is scheduled at this time.