The equestrian world has paid tribute to former H&H deputy editor Hugh Condry, who died peacefully in his sleep last week (27 February). He was 88 years old.
Hugh worked as a journalist for more than 50 years, continuing work until he was 84.
He was a key member of staff at H&H for 32, and spent 14 years as deputy editor. He was also point-to-point correspondent for the Daily Telegraph, and latterly for the Racing Post and Racing Post Weekender.
Former H&H editor Michael Clayton has praised Hugh’s long-term contribution to the magazine.
“Hugh was a key figure in enabling the magazine to serve the growing equestrian world in the post-war years, gaining the world’s largest circulation in its field, reaching nearly 100,000 weekly,” Michael said.
“He was a stickler for accuracy in all aspects of the magazine, helping it to maintain its tradition for reliability as a valuable record of equestrian sport, as well as being entertaining and informative.
“His passion was point-to-point racing. At weekends throughout the season he attended and reported on point-to-points far and wide, and in the office collated reports and pictures to provide superb all-round coverage.
“He was a tower of strength on the magazine and I doubt anyone will ever surpass his record of service.”
The Point-to-Point Authority has also commended the “depth and longevity” of Hugh’s contribution to the sport.
“He was a key advocate for the sport for so many years and brought the fun of participation to the attention of many first-timers,” a spokesman said.
Welsh pointing correspondent Brian Lee thanked Hugh for his help during his career.
“Hugh was a real gent,” he said. “I still have the letter he sent me back in the 1960’s asking me would I like to report on the Welsh point-to-point scene for him.
“I am glad that when I phoned him, just after Christmas, I told him that I still appreciated the help and encouragement he had given me and how it had been a joy to work for him for almost half — a century via H&H and Racing Post Weekender.”
Hugh leaves behind his wife Sue, two daughters and ten grandchildren.
A thanksgiving service will be held at Dulverton All Saints Church, Somerset at 2pm on Wednesday 18 March.