From a Maryland Million Ltd. release
Catherine H. Robinson is the winner of the inaugural Joe Kelly Unsung Hero award. Better known as Holly, she has been involved with Thoroughbred horses since she was a teenager and went to work for Mikey Smithwick on his farm in Hydes, Md.
Since that time she has worked for some notable Maryland personalities including Tom Voss and Dr. Irvin Frock. She went on to work for Roger Attfield as an assistant trainer for many years, but ultimately returned to Maryland to train on her own.
Holly has been a mentor to many young people who want the opportunity to learn about the horse business. Perhaps the most notable is Rosie Napravnik, who spent time with Holly during her time at Hereford High School as she was dedicating herself to being a successful jockey. Rosie has realized that dream, and Holly has continued to support and advise many others behind the scenes.
“If there is ever a stray dog, cat or bird, everyone calls Holly to the rescue,” says Ann Merryman, long-time friend and business partner. “Holly is generous with her time and support – and is a great role model and friend.”
Holly Robinson has been selected this year to be recognized as an Unsung Hero because, though known to a few, her efforts can now be applauded by many.