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British Hong Kong 2008 Olympic Games team rider Tim Stockdale passed away at the age of 54 after a short battle against cancer. Both as an athlete and a trainer, Stockdale was passionate about the sport and represented British teams at the 2002 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Jerez (ESP), the 2009 FEI European Championships on home soil in Windsor and in over 50 FEI Nations Cup™ competitions. The grit and determination which so marked his character helped him fight his way back to the highest international stage after breaking his neck in a fall in October 2011, returning to the international arena in Rotterdam (NED) just nine months later. His last competition was the Belgian CSI2* in Moorsele at the end of September. Giving back to the sport that he loved, Stockdale also served as Jumping Rider Representative on the Organising Committee for the London Olympia Horse Show for over 25 years and was a former Board Director of British Showjumping, as well as a long standing member of the International and Performance Committees. “Equestrian sport has lost a great ambassador and friend with the passing of Tim Stockdale,” FEI Jumping Director John Roche said. “The news of his death has come as a great shock to us all. Tim was a true horseman and a great competitor. He never lost his passion for competition and was jumping internationally until recently. His friendliness, smile, sense of humour, as well as his positive approach to life will be greatly missed by all those who were fortunate enough to have known him.”

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