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Horseman Harald Lunde, trained Rotation, dies

November 25, 2018

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Harald Lunde, 72, has died in Norway. He was regarded as one of the top Norwegian horsemen and he enjoyed success in his native country as well as North America, where he trained the stakes winners Rotation and Banker Hall.
Lundy was born in Lademoen outside Trondheim, just a few steps from Leangen's racetrack. It was also at Leangen that Lunde started his career as a stable boy. Later, he moved south and became one of Norway's most successful trainers. He was know for his patient horsemanship. He had stalls at Asak stutteri, at Haneborg stutteri, and at Løken in Høland. For much of this time he also had stables at Bjerke. At Haneborg, Lunde lost horses in one of the worst barn fires in Norway.
Lunde followed his dream of being in the United States, and later Canada. He trained horses in the US and Canada and spent the winters in Florida, where he owned a home. In recent years he lived in Trondheim, Norway.
While in the United States, he developed problems with diabetes disease. He lost part of a leg and also had to have a new kidney. The disease plagued him and recently he was hospitalized.
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