Trainer groomed horses for H'wood


Buford "Corky" Randall, a horse trainer in Hollywood for a half-century, died April 20 in Newhall, Calif., after a prolonged bout with cancer. He was 80.

Randall worked with horses in a career that included feature films "The Alamo" (1960), "The Misfits" (1961), "How the West Was Won" (1962), "Soldier Blue" (1970), "Hot to Trot" (1988), "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (1989), "Buffalo Girls" (1995) and "The Mask of Zorro" (1998) and the 1950s TV shows "Spin & Marty" and "Zorro."

However, it was the film adaptation of Walter Farley's novel "The Black Stallion" that established Randall as a a trainer in his own right. Released in 1979, the Carroll Ballard-directed production (executive produced by Francis Ford Coppola) contained some of the most challenging horse scenes ever filmed.

"Corky was a fantastic horseman with generations of knowledge and wonderful stories from a lifetime of working in the strange and demanding world of horse movies," said Tim Farley, son of the late author and president of Black Stallion Inc. "He was one of the most generous people I've ever met."

Randall was a two-time winner of the Patsy Award (once the animal trainers' Oscar) and received the Humanitarian Award in 1982 from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles.