Tim Stockdale: British Olympic show jumper dies aged 54

Tim Stockdale: British Olympic show jumper dies aged 54

Tim Stockdale (GBR) / Glenwood

The equestrian world is mourning the death of 54-year-old British show jumper Tim Stockdale who has sadly passed away following a short illness.

He was diagnosed with stomach cancer last month and passed away peacefully at Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton today (Wednesday), surround by his family.

Stockdale rode at three championships for Great Britain, including the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games where he finished in 16th place individually. His big results include winning the Grand Prix at the Horse of the Year Show in 2002, the Royal Windsor Grand Prix in 2007 and the King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead in 2010.

He fractured his neck in a fall from a young horse in 2011, at the age of 47, but made a full recovery to compete again at top of the sport.

His last FEI show was at Moorsele, Belgium, in September, shortly before he announced he was taking a step back from the sport to fight his illness.

A private funeral for family and close friends is to be held in Northamptonshire. A memorial event to celebrate his life and achievements will take place at a later date.