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Founder and managing director of Keratex Hoofcare, Dr John Irving, has died aged 81.

He passed away on 3 August following a long battle with prostate cancer.

Dr Irving, who was still working one week before he died, set up Keratex in 1991 following his invention of the flagship product, Keratex Hoof Hardener.

His range of products work to protect, repair and improve equine hooves.

Before setting up the business he worked as a group captain in the Royal Air Force and helped to design the world’s first mid-air re-fuelling system.

Dr Irving’s wife Alison, daughter Rosie and son-in-law Alex will continue to manage the company.