T. J. Bodgit defeats Top 3-year Olds in her WV-bred Div.
Pass the Virture -- VA Champion 3-yr-old Filly (a MGSP runner in Mid-Atl)
Dennis L. Bybee has been studying, breeding, and raising horses since his graduation from Fresno State College (FSC) in 1965 as a
teacher of HS mathematics and science.
Dennis learned the basics of equine science in the Agriculture Department
at FSC and on FSC’s 400 ac quarter horse farm where he gained practical experience breaking and training young horses to the halter
and on the ground with long lines.
Later, Dennis bred several registered American Saddlebred horses and showed them
in hand at local and state-wide breeder’s shows in California.
Dennis L. Bybee pictured at Northview Stallion Station with Cavan Crystal (Irish Castle) & her foal Crystal Warning (Caveat) “our
first home-bred race horse”
Upon coming to Virginia in the 1980s to work with the Defense Department’s Elementary & Secondary Schools for dependents
of military and civilian personnel stationed overseas, Bybee began riding and breeding Thoroughbred horses.
1990s, Bybee rode a lovely Thoroughbred grand-daughter of Nasrullah named “Pickin’ Cotton” in hunter and dressage classes at
shows throughout the state of Virginia with major success in shows at Quantico, Warrenton, and Lexington. In 1992, Bybee
was named the Champion Training-level Rider in recognized competitions by the Northern Virginia Dressage Association (VADA-NOVA).
in the 1990s, Bybee bred a couple of nice mares to Caveat (i.e., an Irish Castle and a Halo mare), foaled them in Virginia,
and saw one of their offspring (i.e., Cosmic Warning) set the course record for a mile and ½ on the turf at Colonial Downs in an incredible
come from behind victory over Sam Huff’s "Middleburg Life" who had led the field throughout the race.
and sold several nice horses in Virginia including a multiple stakes winning 3-year old filly named Pass the Virtue by Slavic out
of Occasional Virtue (Halo). At 3, Pass the Virtue was a winner in her first race and went on to win the Rhododendron S. at
Charles Town, WV. Seven days later she won the Susan’s Girl Breeders’ Cup Stakes at Delaware Park; and, later she placed 2nd
in the Anne Arundel S. (G3), 3rd in the Delaware Oaks (G3), in the Pennsylvania Oaks, and in the HBPA City of Charles
Town H. After a great 3-year-old season where she won over $338,000, Pass the Virtue was named the 3-year-old Filly Champion