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The Mexican showjumper Alberto Valdés Ramos — who was a member of the gold medal-winning Olympic team at the London 1948 Games — has died at the age of 93.

He was the oldest surviving member of Mexico’s winning jumping team.

Valdés inspired many future riders — including his son Alberto Valdés Lacarram, who won team bronze at the Moscow 1980 Olympics.

Valdés was a torch bearer at the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara at the age of 92.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (25 April 2013)