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Farewell to Ted Edgar (1933-2018)

Tuesday, 01 January 2019
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Photo (c) Getty Images/British Showjumping. Ted Edgar. Photo (c) Getty Images/British Showjumping.

British Showjumping reports that former top showjumper Ted Edgar passed away peacefully on 30 December at the age of 85.

British Showjumping writes:

"A top showjumper in the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s – notably with American ex-rodeo horse Uncle Max, winner of the 1969 King George V gold cup and leading showjumper of the year in the same year – once in a lifetime character Ted created a sponsorship package not seen in the sport before with Everest Double Glazing. The sponsorship started in 1970 at £500 for one horse and expanded to several riders with the long-standing partnership lasting an amazing 21 years. Everest became a household name through the showjumping link and the entire sport gained a greater profile on TV and in the media – all down to Ted’s forward-thinking ideas.

Several Olympic riders were connected to the Edgar/Rio Grande, Warwickshire-based stable, including London 2012 and Rio 2016 double gold medallist Nick Skelton, Lesley McNaught and later, London team gold medallist Ben Maher. Other International riders Geoff Luckett, Janet Hunter, Emma-Jane Brown, late British Showjumping chairman Michael Mac, and Switzerland’s Beat Mandli to name a few gained International success under the Everest banner and Ted’s expert training."

Di Lampard remembers Ted Edgard with fondness, stating on British Showjumping's website: “It goes without saying Ted was a legend within the sport, not only as a character but also as a horseman and businessman. I’ve always had a huge amount of respect for Ted and as a coach; both he and Liz have delivered more championship riders for Great Britain than anyone else – a legacy from which we are still very much benefitting from.”

Our sincere condolences go out to Ted Edgar's family, friends and all those close to him.

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