Former international showjumper Michael Mac has died aged 52.

Michael had been suffering from cancer. He died today (Monday 2 June).

He was a British team rider, Horse of the Year Show champion, accredited coach and former British Showjumping (BS) chairman.

“We have lost today, not only an innovator for our sport but also a man whose strength knew no bounds,” said Les Harris, current Chairman of BS.

“He knew what he wanted to achieve and he was unwavering in his delivery of this. His strength and backbone was second to none as was his compassion and understanding.

“I talk not only for myself, but also for everyone at BS when I say that I feel privileged to have known him and that I will miss him in many aspects.

“Words are not enough to convey our heartfelt thoughts for his wife Emma and children Jenna, Westley, Sienna and Jack at this extremely sad time.”

See Horse & Hound’s tribute to Mr Mac in Thursday 5 June magazine