Eventer Richard Meade sadly passed away on January 8th after a brave battle against cancer aged 76.

Throughout his eventing career he was the outstanding rider of his time and the lynchpin of British teams for 21 years. He won a wealth of medals including team gold at the Mexico Olympics in 1968 (riding Cornishman) and, four years later, both individual and team gold at the Munich Olympics (Laurieston). He competed in four successive Olympic Games, as well as the substitute competition in 1980 at Fontainebleau during the partial boycott of the Moscow Olympics. Richard carried the British flag at the closing ceremony of the Munich Olympics.

He won two World Championship gold medals and three silver medals, as well as three European Championship gold medals and two bronze medals. He also won Burghley in 1964 (Barberry) and took two Badminton titles in 1970 and 1982 (The Poacher and Speculator III).

Hugh Thomas, Chairman of BE and long term colleague of Richard, shares the thoughts of many: “Richard at the height of his powers towered over the eventing world – his results far exceeded the innate ability of many of the horses he rode and he was at his very best when riding at the major events and Championships. Then he gave countless time and effort to supporting the sport he loved. His passing really does feel like the end of an era.”

Andrew Finding, Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation commented: “Richard’s medal record speaks for itself. He was one of our country’s greatest ever Olympians and continued throughout his life to be an outstanding ambassador and sportsman – he cared deeply about the sport and we will miss him dearly.”

Devoted to his family, Richard gained great pride following the eventing career of his son Harry.

Richard is survived by his wife, Angela, and their three children, James, Harry, and Lucy.