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Redd Crabtree was born on September 5, 1935 to Poland Jones and Susan Goodwin of Aberdeen, Arkansas. When he was 9 years old his biological mother died and his father remarried, placing him and two younger siblings in a Catholic orphanage. When he was older, he applied for a job at the stables a short distance from the orphanage. Notable horse trainers Helen and Charles Crabtree were working for the stable at the time and took a liking to Redd, teaching him how to ride. At the age of 13 he was adopted by the Crabtrees, who later moved to Tennessee. Both his adoptive parents were horse trainers who focused on American Saddlebreds, and Crabtree followed them into the horse industry as a professional trainer. In 1958 the Crabtrees moved from Tennessee to Shelby County, Kentucky and bought a farm that they named Crabtree Stables, which became their permanent home. Crabtree Stables became notable within a short time and is given credit for establishing Shelby County as a major Saddlebred center. In one year the Crabtrees showed 58 horses at the Kentucky State Fair. Redd Crabtree was best known for competing in the five-gaited division of the American Saddlebred industry, meaning the horses he rode and trained performed at a walk, trot, canter, slow gait and rack; three-gaited Saddlebreds only perform a walk, trot and canter.
He trained with his adoptive parents for several years before striking out on his own in 1960. For a time he worked for Lee Roby, who trained a horse named The Replica who competed against Earl Teater and Wing Commander. He later trained at Tampa Yacht Club in Florida, Plainview Stables in Kentucky and Greystone Manor in Pennsylvania.
His third and final World's Grand Champion was Zorvoorbij Commander in Chief, a South African horse, in 1997. In addition to those three horses, he trained multiple World's Champions and won every five-gaited division in the World's Championship Horse Show at least once, some multiple times. In 1999 he won the Two-Year-Old Five-Gaited World's Championship with Swish, a horse he bred. His last World's Championship was with Callaway's Bluesman, who won the Five-Gaited Stallion World's Championship in 2010. The same year was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Saddlebred Horse Association.In addition to riding professionally himself, Crabtree taught riding lessons and mentored adult amateur riders. Among his more notable students were Mary Gaylord McClean, Mary Lou Gallegher, and Randi Stuart. Stuart owned a mare named Summer Melody, and under Crabtree's coaching the pair won Amateur Five-Gaited Champion of Champions titles in both 1976 and 1977. Gallegher and her horse Heathermoor's Lad O'Shea won Junior Exhibitor Five-Gaited World's Champion of Champions in 1977 and 1978. Crabtree was president of the United Professional Horsemens Association, a director and vice president of the American Saddlebred Horse Association, and director of both the American Saddlebred Registry and the Kentucky Saddlebred Owners and Breeders Association.
He was inducted into the Kentucky State Fair Hall of Fame in 1993 and the United Professional Horsemens Association (UPHA) Hall of Fame in 1994. The same year he was also given the C. J. Cronin Sportsmanship Award for the first time.