Thoroughbred breeder, auctioneer, farmer and well-known Howard County horseman Brice Ridgely (Spring Meadow Farm, Cooksville) passed away in the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 5 from complications related to cancer.

Born June 8, 1947, in Olney, MD he was the son of the late William Brice “Worthington” Ridgely and Carolyn Pickett Ridgely. He was the husband of Mary Anne Ridgely (nee Welsh) of Cooksville.

Brice was a charter member of the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club, had served on the boards of the Howard County Fair and Maryland Horse Breeders Association.

Brice bred Declan’s Moon, the leading American Two-Year Old Thoroughbred of 2004.

The Equiery extends its sincerest condolences to his wife and to his entire family: sons Chip and Courtney Ridgely (Libertytown, Rockin R Western Productions), Randy Ridgely of Wyoming, DE and Wilson R., Jr. and Gwen Bounds of Taneytown; daughters and sons-in-law; Melissa and David Covolesky of Mt. Airy and Rachel and Mike Price of Mt. Airy; brother, H. Wayne Ridgely of Libertytown and sister Carol Ann Wheatley of Cambridge. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 PM at the Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville Road, Sykesville, where a funeral service will be held on Friday at 10 AM. Interment will be in Oak Grove Cemetery, Glenwood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Howard County Antique Farm Machinery Club, Inc., P.O. Box 335 West Friendship, MD, 21794.