Worksop Olympian Tim Stockdale dies after short illness


Worksop’s Olympic show jumper Tim Stockdale has died, aged 54.

Stockdale passed away a month after he was diagnosed with cancer.

He was well-known on the equestrian circuit as a jumper, coaching and as a pundit.

Stockdale represented Team GB at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he narrowly missed out on a medal by finishing fourth in the team event.

He rode for GB more than 50 times in the Nations Cup, and also competed in the World Equestrian Games in 2002 and the European Championships in 2009.

British Showjumping chairman Les Harris said: “Tim was an incredible man and there would be very few who could hold a light to him.

“My thoughts are with his wife Laura and their sons Joseph and Mark, whom we will be doing our utmost to support following their loss.”

BBC presenter Clare Balding added: “Tim was a brilliant show jumper, a great coach, a wonderful team-mate on the TV, a warm, funny and hugely supportive human being.

“I feel so lucky to have known him. Love and hugs to all his family who will miss him so much.”