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Janice “Tiffany” Teeter


Janice “Tiffany” Teeter (nee Kies) age 82, of Southern Pines, N.C., died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2023. Ms. Teeter was involved in a traffic accident in Southern Pines and died on scene as a result of her injuries. Her beloved husband and noted physician, Dr. James Rigney, was injured in the accident and currently remains hospitalized at this time.

Ms. Teeter was preceded in death by her parents, William S. Kies and Janet Kies, and siblings Barbara Kies Nevone and Ann Kies Arnold.

Born in New York City and raised in Greenwich Conn., Teeter grew into a force of nature within the horse world. Until its recent sale, Tiffany along with her husband Jim, were the owners of Plum Broke Farm of Stockton, N.J. The couple were ardent supporters of the Amwell Valley Hounds of Hunterdon County, N.J., where Tiffany was awarded an honorary MFH (Master of Fox Hounds) in recognition of her many years of support.

As a younger woman and throughout her life, Tiffany had an eye for talented horses. Along with former husband and competitive international equestrian Bernie Traurig, they purchased a young prospect “Idle Dice” who went on to become one of the legends of equestrian sport. Another standout to have crossed Teeter’s path was the great horse “Sloopy” who ridden by Neal Shapiro, went on to win the team silver and individual bronze medals at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Ms. Teeter also had a depth of knowledge regarding blood lines and horse racing that made her a virtual encyclopedia and historian of all aspects of equestrian sport. To all she met she was eager to share this knowledge and the horse community is collectively and forever grateful for it.

In addition to her many equestrian accomplishments, Ms. Teeter was also a talented artist who was a valued member and mentor at the Artists League of the Sandhills. She lent her artistic skills to fundraising efforts for the Carolina Horse Park Painted Ponies Art Walk for multiple years and her paintings and drawings are highly coveted.

Ms. Teeter was also a devoted volunteer at the Carolina Horse Park assisting in various capacities.

Remembered as much for her love of dogs as well as horses, Tiffany was considered a loving, kind, and unique personality by family and friends alike. She will be deeply missed.

In addition to Dr. Rigney, Ms. Teeter is survived by her children Michael Traurig, Mitchell Bodine and Bridget Bodine, grandchildren Ciara Bodine and Skylar McKenna, great-grandchildren Ryden Chase Mowery, Chloe Rose Rodgriguez, Jaxson Samuel Rogriguez, and siblings Verne Kies Foster and William Kies III.

A brief remembrance service for Tiffany will be conducted during the November 2023 War Horse Event Series (WHES) Championships at the Carolina Horse Park, Raeford, N.C. Additional details will be announced at a later date on their website:

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in her name to any of the three following organizations:

The Carolina Horse Park

The Steeplechase Fund

Amwell Valley Hounds

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