British showjumper Tim Stockdale (1964 – 2018) enjoyed a long and successful career representing his country on over 50 occasions in Nations’ Cup teams as well as the 2002 World Equestrian Games, the 2008 Olympic Games in China and the 2009 European Championships.
Tim made his international debut in 1988. His first senior championship appearance came at the 2002 World Equestrian Games aboard Fresh Direct Parcival.
He went on to compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics with the grey mare Fresh Direct Corlato, where the combination finished best of the Brits in 16th. The following year, the pair jumped in front of a home crowd at the 2009 Windsor Europeans.
Tim Stockdale’s glittering career features many major wins, including the 2002 grand prix at Horse of the Year Show on Fresh Direct Parcival and 2007 Royal Windsor grand prix with Fresh Direct Corlato — as well as victories and numerous placings in other classes at both shows.
He fulfilled a life-long dream by winning the prestigious King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead riding Fresh Direct Kalico Bay in 2010, which he regarded as the pinnacle of his career.
He made a remarkable comeback after fracturing three vertebrae in his neck in a fall 2011, recovering to compete again at the top level.
Tim Stockdale passed away, aged 54, on 14 November 2018 after being diagnosed with stomach cancer on 1 October 2018. A foundation has been set up in his memory by his wife Laura and sons Joseph and Mark, who said they want to raise money for “as many projects and causes as we possibly can”.