The Organising 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, he 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 not only was 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”