Joy Valley Dies

Joy Valley and Marie Jones

Joy Valley (Brz) (Ghadeer {Fr}–Belle Valley, by Mogambo {Uru}) died last Friday at Taylor Made Farm due to the infirmities of old age. She was 31.

Owned by Marie Jones, Joy Valley was the dam of four stakes winners, including 2000 Eclipse champion older mare Riboletta (Brz) (Roi Normand). Riboletta was a Group 1 winner in her native Brazil before relocating to the United States where she won the GI Beldame S., GI Santa Margarita, GI Milady Breeders' Cup H., GI Vanity H., GI Clement L. Hirsch, and GI Ruffian H. She retired with over $1.5 million in earnings.

Joy Valley was also the dam of Super Power (Brz) (Roi Normand), a multiple Group 1 winner, Horse of the Year, and champion colt at two and three in Brazil.

“She was an incredible mare,” said Frank Taylor. “We were privileged to have her here for so many years at Taylor Made Farm for Aaron and Marie Jones. She produced an Eclipse champion in Riboletta and was just a great mare. Everything you could hope for.”

Joy Valley will be buried at Taylor Made Farm in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

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