TIM STOCKDALE, SHOW JUMPER, TRAINER, COMMENTATOR - DIES

Tim Stockdale the popular showjumper, trainer, commentator and television personality has died after a short fight against cancer. He was 54. Thousands of heartfelt tributes have been sent from across the equestrian world and on social media to the man described variously as a legend with a heart of gold, equestrian royalty and a true ambassador for the sport of show jumping.  Stockdale was highly respected in the equestrian community as a consummate horseman and loved for his enthusiasm, his direct manner and his ability and willingness to pass his ­knowledge on through his clinics, demonstrations, books and training videos.

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Stockdale had a glittering equestrian career riding at three championships for Great Britain, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he finished in 16th place individually. His big results include winning the Grand Prix at the Horse of the Year Show in 2002, the Royal Windsor Grand Prix in 2007 and the King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead in 2010.

Against the odds after fracturing his neck in a fall from a young horse in 2011, at the age of 47, Tim made a full recovery to compete again at the top of the sport.

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His last FEI show was at Moorsele, Belgium, in September, shortly before he announced he was taking a step back from the sport to fight his illness.

Iain Graham, Chief Executive for British Showjumping paid tribute to Stockdale, saying: “Tim’s passing will leave a huge hole in the sport. His support across so many different areas was both innovative and informed. He gave an incredible amount of time to the sport to help for the greater good and he was someone I had high regard and admiration for. I speak not only on behalf of myself, but all at British Showjumping, when I express our sadness at his death and convey our condolences”

TIM STOCKDALE 3.jpgThe Stockdale Family - Laura, Joe and Mark – extended their sincere thanks for all the kind condolences and warm tributes received following Tim's death. The response from far and wide has been truly overwhelming said Laura and the messages have given us great comfort and are very much appreciated. Our love for Tim and pride in his achievements grows ever stronger. Thank you all so much.