Stillwater News Press

January 22, 2014

Barbara Bramwell


Stillwater NewsPress

— Barbara Knapp Bramwell, 81, of Stillwater passed away Jan. 15 at her home after a brief illness. She was born in Danbury, Conn., on Aug. 22, 1932, to Eleanor and Sherman Knapp. Her father was Chairman of the Board of Connecticut Light and Power and received a gold medal from the Atomic Energy Commission for his development of commercial nuclear power in the U.S..

Barbara was a lifelong learner who graduated from Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., and taught horsemanship at the Putney School in Putney, Vt. She married and later moved to Stillwater where she taught the horsemanship course at Oklahoma State University for several years.

She was a born animal trainer and teacher of others who trained them. She was nationally known for her liberty performances with the stallion El-Sherm. Barbara and her family operated Stillwater Training Stable for more than five decades until her death.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Sherman Knapp. She is survived by her daughters, Betsy Bramwell and Lisa Jacobson, both of Stillwater; granddaughters Ashleigh and Lucy; grandsons Adam, Patrick and Garrett; brother Duncan Knapp of Big Canoe, Ga.; sister-in-law Jackie Knapp of Cincinnati, Ohio; and former husband Bud Bramwell of Stillwater.

A celebration of Barbara’s life will be held at Hideaway Pizza at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. All are welcome.