Bazy Tankersley (1921–2013) was an American breeder of Arabian horses
and a newspaper publisher. She was a daughter of Senator Joseph M.
McCormick and Congresswoman Ruth Hanna McCormick. Her father died when
she was a child, and she moved west when her mother remarried, where she
was given a part-Arabian horse. She began working as a reporter at 18,
and began her horse breeding operation, Al-Marah Arabians, in 1941. In
1949, she became the publisher of the conservative Washington Times-
Herald owned by her uncle, Robert R. McCormick, where she became a
friend of Senator Joseph McCarthy. When McCormick demanded she choose
between the newspaper and Garvin "Tank" Tankersley, who became her
second husband, she shifted to full-time horse breeding. By 1957 Al-
Marah was the largest Arabian horse farm in the United States. Over her
career she bred more than 2,800 registered Arabians. Though she was
involved with conservative Republican causes as a young woman, she was a
strong supporter of environmental causes in the 21st century and backed
Barack Obama for president in 2008. She was a patron of many charities.
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