Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas grew as a result of a lifelong love of horses shared by its owners, Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer. Clarence, who passed away in 2014, was a former president of the American Quarter Horse Association. He was prominent in the industry for over 40 years and is a member of the breed’s Hall of Fame. Dorothy, who passed away in 2005, owned racehorses from a very young age. She learned much about the industry from her father and won her first stakes race, the 1953 Ruidoso Derby, at the age of 22.
The couple’s interest in Thoroughbreds began with the 1959 Kentucky Derby, which Dorothy’s father, Fred Turner Jr., won with Tomy Lee. With the goal of winning another Derby, the Scharbauers began buying Thoroughbred yearlings in 1984. By 1987, Dorothy and daughter Pam had captured the roses with the great Alysheba, who became the all-time leading earner and was later inducted into the Hall of Fame.
After Clarence’s passing in 2014, the farm was purchased by one of the Scharbauers’ sons, Douglas, who continues the family tradition.