International Equestrian World Mourns the Sudden Loss of Popular British Show Jumper Tim Stockdale
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
The international equestrian world was stunned to lear of the passing of British Olympic show jumper Tim Stockdale (54) who died just one month after being diagnosed with cancer.
Stockdale represented Team Great Britain at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, narrowly missing out on a medal by finishing fourth in the team event.
He rode for GB more than 50 times in the Nations Cup, and also competed in the World Equestrian Games in 2002 and the European Championships in 2009.
He wrote a number of books and produced a three-part training video titled Successful Showjumping With Tim Stockdale. Stockdale also regularly worked as a BBC equestrian pundit.
British Showjumping chairman Les Harris said: "Tim was an incredible man and there would be very few who could hold a light to him.
"My thoughts are with his wife Laura and their sons Joseph and Mark, whom we will be doing our utmost to support following their loss."
The Organizing Committee of Olympia, The London International Horse Show was deeply saddened today to hear of the death of one of its longest serving members, Tim Stockdale. Tim was Jumping Rider Representative on the Olympia Committee from 1992. His highly valued advice and knowledge of the sport helped to shape the Show into the international event that it is today. Nothing was too much trouble and his advice and counsel was sought and always listened to.
He competed at Olympia for many years and, recently, became a stalwart of the BBC commentary team, promoting his sport with insight and expertise.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, said: “Tim and I joined the Olympia team in the same year - he on the Committee and me as Show Director. He was not only a great friend to all of us, he was also passionate about doing his best for the show and show jumping. He represented riders when he thought it was right to do so, yet Tim understood the challenges of organising large-scale international events.
He possessed huge integrity, was selfless and self-effacing and combined his love for the sport with a great sense of humour. His smile, his energy and his words of wisdom will be much missed in the Grand Hall at Olympia this year. I will miss him. Our heartfelt sympathy goes to Laura and his sons Joe and Mark”