Letter to the Editor: Catherine Parke

Valkyre Stud cared for Burt Bacharach’s Kentucky broodmares for many years. His champion filly Heartlight No. One is buried here. He was a wonderful, caring man who truly loved his horses. He kept personal contact with the people who cared for his horses and was very interested in their well being. He would call during concert breaks and check to see if a mare had foaled and ask about Heartlight.

So many memories–in a limousine with him on the way to the Kentucky Derby, he became very quiet and started to write. It turned out to be a song, another big hit! I asked Burt about it and he said, “I don’t know. I just start to hear music in my head and then write it down.”

It was truly a gift to work for Burt Bacharach. Music in heaven now.

Catherine Parke

Owner of Valkyre Stud

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