Tributes have been paid to the popular event rider and trainer William Miflin, who has died at the age of 44.

William had been suffering from cancer for several years. He died on Saturday evening (23 March).

In his twenties, William rode at many international three-day events and completed Badminton and Burghley several times. He won the Armada dish for five Badminton completions in 1997 — all with Passadena II.

He was short-listed for the Barcelona Olympics (1992) and long-listed for Atlanta (1996), before becoming an accredited British Eventing (BE) coach.

William was a popular trainer and ran numerous clinics from his former base at Cirencester Park, Glos.

Mike Etherinton-Smith of BE said his untimely death was “extremely sad news”.

He continued: “William was a popular coach as well as having a wide group of friends in the eventing community.

“It is especially tragic to be losing someone so young,” he added.

William leaves a wife, Sara and two children, Georgia and Thomas.