Farewell to former young riders selector Christopher Schofield

  • Christopher Schofield, former chairman of eventing young rider selectors has died.

    He died on Wednesday (4 January) aged 90. He had been ill.

    The British young rider teams were led by Christopher for 16 years – from the inaugural championships at Achselschwang in 1981 until 1997, when he was succeeded by David Merrett.

    Gill Watson, who trained the British junior and young rider teams to win 96 medals over 30 years before retiring from the role last November, worked with Christopher for many years.

    “He was a most enthusiastic and supportive young rider chairman, right up until he died. He devoted the latter part of his life to them and remained very interested and supportive even after he retired. He was a lovely person,” Gill told H&H.

    A funeral service will be held at 11am next Friday (13 January) at St Mary The Virgin, Hambledon, Henley-on-Thames, Oxon, RG9 6RX.

    Family flowers only. Donations can be made to MacMillan Cancer Support or the Coldstream Guards Charitable Fund.

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