Jim Gilmore, long-serving press officer of Badminton Horse Trials from 1969 to 2001, has died in a nursing home in Malmesbury, Wilts. He was 93.
Jim covered Badminton for the Wilts and Glos Standard before joining the press team.
It was his complaints about the scant media facilities — “writing down the last lot of results late at night, using the headlights of my car” — which prompted the event director, Colonel Frank Weldon, to say: “You’d better come and do it yourself.”
Jim also helped out at other horse trials in the area, as well as at Cirencester Polo Club and the Duke of Beaufort’s hunt.
He was awarded the British Equestrian Federation medal of honour in 1998.
This news story was first published in the current issue of H&H (22 November 2012)