Cyril Light, founder of Brendon Stud, died on Monday morning (17 September). He was 82 and had been ill for some time.

He and his wife Valerie established Brendon, in Pyecombe, Sussex, in 1965.

With their daughters Shirley and Caraleen, they transformed the yard from a riding school into a stud, producing and standing some of the best stallions in the country, including Unbelievable Darco and Don VHP Z (pictured).

Mrs Light said: “We built it [our business] up from zero through to the Olympics.”

Azerbaijani rider Jamal Rahimov rode Warrior, produced by the Lights, at the 2012 London Olympic Games.

Mr Light’s funeral will be held at The Downs Crematorium, Brighton on Tuesday, 25 September at 3pm.

The Light family say all are welcome at Hickstead Members at the Hickstead Showground afterwards, to celebrate his life.

This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (20 September 2012)