George Lane Fox (GBR), founder of the Bramham International Horse Trials, died peacefully at home on 9 October. He was the ninth generation of his family to live at Bramham Park in Wetherby, West Yorkshire, where he started the Bramham International Horse Trials in 1973.
The Bramham International Horse Trials have kick-started the careers of many world-famous Eventers, and every year the CIC and CCI 3-star events attract a large number of home-grown and international athletes.
This year, the trials were the last chance for many athletes to qualify for the Olympics, and the competition was extended to an extra 100 entrants after rain led to the cancellation of two other important UK equestrian events. Athletes from 12 nations on four continents battled it out in the beautiful Bramham Park estate alongside William Fox-Pitt (GBR) who took both the CIC and CCI 3-star titles with Neuf Des Coeurs and Chilli Morning.
George Lane Fox’s eldest son, Nick said: “I will always remember Dad taking me, as a boy, to choose trees to turn into his cross-country fences and I’ll keep a picture in my mind of him sitting at the marquee door, greeting every guest, at the Bramham Cocktail Party. His tenacity in keeping the horse trials going for the first 10 years, when it cost him money, is an example to me and everybody else.”
To read the obituary to George Lane Fox on the Bramham International Horse Trials website, please click here.
The FEI expresses its sincere condolences to George Lane Fox's family, to British Eventing, the British Equestrian Federation and the international equestrian community.
The funeral will be held in All Saints Church, Bramham at 11.30am on Wednesday 17th October.
Photo caption: George Lane Fox, founder of the Bramham International Horse Trials, died peacefully at home on 9 October. Photo: Kit Houghton.