Margaret Karsner celebrated her 100th birthday on April 1, 2012 with a special proclamation from Harris County Commissioner R. Jack Cagle. The commissioner attended Margaret’s birthday party at The Village at Gleannloch Farms and he proclaimed April 1st “Margaret Karsner Day” in Harris County.
Margaret’s story impressed the commissioner and it will leave an impression on anyone who hears it. Back in the 1930’s, Margaret was one of the first women to get a thoroughbred horse trainer’s license—which had been held exclusively by men. But her skill and determination were undeniable. Those traits followed her through life, and she still “leads the field” as a proud mother of four, grandmother of eight and great-grandmother of nine. She plans to celebrate her fascinating life and great family at her 100 year birthday party April 1, 2012, hosted by The Village at Gleannloch Farms.
Margaret’s daughter, Pegi Ivancevich, fondly recalls the stories her mother told her over the years. Margaret travelled all over the country with her father as he trained thoroughbred horses, yet, women weren’t allowed to train. But, when Margaret’s father passed away, she took over those duties. When one of her horses raced, she had to pay a man to saddle the horse in the paddock. If the horse won, she paid that same man part of her winnings. Women were simply not allowed to saddle the horses. Margaret was forced to split the profits with men who were the “face” of her operation.
Finally, others in the industry took notice and fought for her to become one of the first women to receive a trainer’s license. She led the way for countless women to break into the sport. Margaret later married and left training to breed thoroughbred horses.
Margaret’s daughter describes her as an “active leader” in everything she did including the Women’s Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and Historical Society. She also was an elder in church even though men predominately held those positions. Margaret always gave back to the community and mentored many women throughout her lifetime.
The Village at Gleannloch Farms is a not-for-profit community in Spring, offering 123 independent living apartments and cottages for active adults aged 62 and above. In addition, the community offers a continuum of care including 30 assisted living apartments, 18 memory support residences, and 35 private skilled nursing suites.