Brendan Murray, the farrier to the British eventing championship workforce for greater than 20 years died on 9 September aged 64, from most cancers.
In 1980, Mr Murray joined The King’s Troop, the place he accomplished 22 years of service that ended as grasp farrier for the regiment. An honour of his army profession was being a part of the cortege for Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997, the place he acted as brake man on the gun carriage. He additionally secured the coffin on to the funeral board above the gun – no imply feat with an estimated two billion folks watching.
In 1992 he was appointed British Equestrian workforce farrier for eventing, a place he held for 26 years, together with eight Olympics. He referred to his function as a ’stewardship’ as a result of he didn’t routinely shoe the workforce horses. As an alternative, he labored with every rider’s residence farrier within the build-up to a championship. They did the preparation, then he took over as caretaker for the championship interval, on standby to repair a unfastened or forged shoe at a second’s discover.
At each championship, Mr Murray was a linchpin behind the scenes. He was normally a part of the pre-arrival celebration that arrange the stables and workforce camp, one thing he took huge satisfaction in. Each mattress was ready completely, each Union flag hung with precision, and all the pieces saved in its correct place. He additionally made it his obligation to make sure the grooms have been nicely catered for, and he was all the time there to help in good occasions and unhealthy.
In 2010, he carried the British flag for the opening ceremony on the World Equestrian Video games. That 12 months, he acquired the British Equestrian Medal of Honour for excellent achievement and contribution to the worldwide equestrian world. In 2016, he labored his remaining championship, the Rio Olympics, after which he handed the stewardship to present eventing workforce farrier, Greig Elliott.
Mr Murray was the present farrier on the London Horse Present, Olympia, for a few years. He had a sideline within the movie business as a stunt rider and farrier, and appeared on display screen as a farrier in Warfare Horse. His identify additionally seems within the credit for Gladiator, Sleeping Magnificence and Snow White and the Huntsman, to call a couple of.
Sophie Thomas, British Equestrian’s (BEF) head of efficiency operations and logistics, accomplished 13 senior championships with Brendan between 2002 and 2015 and stated the equestrian neighborhood had misplaced one in every of its “good guys”.
“Each championship spent with Brendan left me with such comfortable recollections. His dedication, tireless power and satisfaction in a job nicely completed have been distinctive – however above all else, he was simply one of many nicest folks round. No job was an excessive amount of, no day was too lengthy. He simply carried on, all the time with the most effective sense of humour I’ve ever discovered,” she stated.
“The very fact he handed away inside hours of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, whom he served loyally and with utter respect, isn’t misplaced on many. On behalf of all in BEF and the World Class Programme, we ship our deepest condolences to Brendan’s family members for his or her painful loss.”
He’s survived by his associate Louise Edwards, and daughters Hannah and Melissa.
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