It is with great sadness that we learnt of the sudden death of one of the founding members of the HTSG, Tim Holderness-Roddam on Thursday 15 April 2021, aged 78.
As well as being a founding member of the HTSG in 1978, Tim was also our chairman from 1989 to 2009.
Tim was a passionate and knowledgeable advocate of eventing for many years. He gave his time freely to support, advise and promote the sport, including roles with British Eventing, British Equestrian, and both Blenheim and Burghley Horse Trials. In 2010 Tim was presented with the British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution to the international equestrian world.
Tim was educated at Radley College, followed by military service in the King’s Royal Hussars. His successful 30-year career at Tate & Lyle plc (UM Group) culminated in the role of MD of the United Molasses Group, where he was responsible for the worldwide trading, storage and distribution business.
Since retiring from the City in 2000, Tim held a number of consultancy and non-executive roles, including senior consultant to Bristol Port Company, which handles much of the import/export trade for the west of England; and a consultant to and former director of Abercrombie & Kent, the luxury and tailor-made travel business.
Tim was formerly a trustee of the pension fund of Countrywide Farmers plc and deputy Chair; Chair of the British Equestrian Federation Fund; Chair of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials; Director and Chair of the Finance Committee of British Eventing; and Deputy Chair of Friends of Conservation, an international charity operating mainly in Africa and the Indian sub-continent.
More recently he has been involved as a Director of British Equestrian; a member of the British Eventing Finance and Commercial Committee; and a member of the Burghley Horse Trials Committee.
Tim was married to Equestrian Olympic Gold Medallist and current British Eventing President, Jane Holderness-Roddam. Together they own West Kington Farms and Stud in Wiltshire, specialising in breeding top competition horses.
Tim will be sorely missed by everyone in the eventing community, where he was a popular and much respected colleague and friend. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family and friends.
In March 2020 the HTSG announced the "Let's Make a Difference" donation to British Equestrian to support 15 British riders who were in the running for selection onto the British Olympic Team heading to Tokyo 2020. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some short thank you videos from some of the lucky riders who benefited from this funding.
Below are some more of our riders saying thank you, they include Tina Cook, William Fox-Pitt, Alex Bragg, Ros Canter, Laura Collett, Tom McEwan, Kitty King and Sarah Bullimore.
The Horse Trials Support Group (HTSG) Committee is pleased to announce that we have, for the second year running, made a donation of £20,000 to the “Let’s Make a Difference” fund as agreed with British Equestrian’s Performance Director and Performance Manager for Eventing, Richard Waygood, MBE.
The donation to “Let’s Make a Difference”, raised through the HTSG, has been made to support the training of British riders who are in the running for selection onto the British Teams heading to the Olympics in Tokyo in July, and to the European Championships in Avanches in September.
The HTSG has a well-established partnership with British teams, having been established in 1978 with the specific aims of the aiding and funding training and development of talented riders for Britain's three-day event teams. This latest donation affirms this relationship and we look forward to seeing British riders develop further thanks to the additional training they will receive thanks the generosity of our members.
We are particularly grateful to the HTSG Members who have continued with their memberships through 2020 and 2021, despite the uncertainty brought about by the global pandemic.
In addition to this donation, we are delighted to have been able to offer some financial support to both Bicton and Aston le Walls International Horse Trials who have stepped in to run much needed 4* competitions this spring following the sad cancellations of both Chatsworth and Bramham.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Horse Trials Support Group (HTSG) for their kind donation towards the CCI4* fixture we are hosting as a Bramham replacement for 2021.
Let’s Make A Difference is doing just that and we are thrilled that this collaboration will provide an opportunity to make a difference to the Sport of Eventing during these challenging times.”
Helen West, Event Organiser, Bicton International Horse Trials.
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