Dr. John

Our beloved John D. Corpolongo, D.O. died this past weekend while on his way home from a trail ride. “Doc” has been a fixture on ApHC trail rides for many years and has a belt buckle to prove it. He’s participated in more than 100 of ours and probably hundreds of others. He’s most famous for being the official ride physician on the Chief Joseph Trail Ride. Besides being a skilled medical guy, Dr. John was a great character, sage and friend. We’ll have more information about services as they become available.

To say that Doc was a special person is a pretty weak statement. He was one of the best friends and supporters of the ApHC we can imagine and he will be greatly missed.

You can also read the bio from our Hall of Fame page on the website. He was inducted into the ApHC Hall in 2002 and the Trail Ride Hall of Fame in 1995.

Categories: Announcements /People


  1. John Michael Corpolongo Said,

    April 6, 2012 @ 2:06 pm

    Steve- I really appreciate your blog concerning the recent passing of my father. Thank you very much for letting your readers and members know. Dad loved your organization, and, most importantly, all of the trail riders whom he grew to know, and love, over the years. He gave everything he had to help take care of them, and, in the end, left us doing what he loved the most.

    I know dad would appreciate you doing one more thing for him. He is identified as being an MD in your blog and in his entry on your Hall of Fame webpage. Dad graduated from the Kansas City Osteopathic College of Medicine and Surgery in 1956 and was a licensed osteopathic physician and surgeon (D.O.). I know he would love for his entry on your Hall of Fame page to accurately reflect this fact.

    Thank you so much once again for remembering him.


    John Michael Corpolongo

    Edmond, OK

  2. Penny Whitehead Said,

    April 8, 2012 @ 8:50 am

    Such sad news and a great loss for his family, friends and the horse world.

  3. Steve Said,

    April 9, 2012 @ 7:21 am

    We’ll take care of that. Thanks for the note.

  4. Richard Lankford Said,

    April 9, 2012 @ 8:13 am

    The Appaloosa Horse Club has lost one of it’s biggest ambassadors.
    He was a person when you first met him you knew you liked him.
    Now his family needs to be strong.

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