Hollie Van de Wal, 49, trained, bred horses


Hollie Wallis Van de Wal, a horse breeder and trainer, died Monday of cancer at her Harford County farm. She was 49.

She was the owner and operator of Linwood Farm near Joppa and Old Hinchingham Farm in Kent County.

She was a member of the board of directors of the Maryland Horse Council and was a strong advocate of Harford County 4-H programs.

"She was an enthusiast of the highest order," recalled Richard Wilcke, executive vice president of the Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

"She was just a great person who was very active for a number of years with the Baltimore Jumping Classic at the Civic Center. She was always up and a pleasure to be around, and her death is a great loss to the industry."

She was the daughter of Wharton and Lavina Wallis, who owned Turkey Point Farm in Elk Neck, now Elk Neck State Park. She graduated from West Nottingham Academy in 1961 and continued her education at Washington College.

She was the horticulturist for the County Garden Club of Harford County and was a master gardener for the National Association of Garden Clubs. She was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron and was active in the affairs of the Bush River Yacht Club.

A memorial service is planned for 4 p.m. Monday at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Abingdon.

She is survived by her husband, Anthony Van de Wal Jr., a researcher at the Army Research Laboratory, whom she married in 1965; two sons, Anthony Van de Wal III of Rock Hall and Wharton W. Van de Wal of Joppa; a daughter, Katherine Van de Wal of Joppa; and several uncles and aunts.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 1 St. Mary's Church Road, Abingdon 21009.

Copyright © 2019, The Baltimore Sun, a Baltimore Sun Media Group publication | Place an Ad