MAY 2021 THE RIDER /3 In Memoriam: Prince Philip, The Duke Of Edinburgh Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, passed away

peacefully on April 9, 2021, at Windsor Castle in Eng- land at the age of 99. The Prince had returned to Wind- sor Castle in March after a month in hospital where he had undergone surgery for a pre-existing heart condi- tion.

Prince Philip had a long and storied history with

equestrian sport, highlighted by his role as the longest serving President of the Fédération Equestre Interna- tionale (FEI) from 1964 to 1986. He was succeeded in the role by his daughter Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, for the following eight years. Some of Prince Philip’s own greatest sporting

achievements came in the sport of Driving which he in- troduced as a new FEI discipline and helped to develop during his Presidency by standardizing international rules. He represented Great Britain in six World Driving Championship events, winning a team gold medal at the 1980 World Driving Championship and team bronze in 1978, 1982, and 1984. He also placed sixth individually in 1982. Prince Philip strongly supported the FEI Jumping

Nations Cup™ series and the launch of the FEI Jumping World Cup™ in the 1970s. He was also instrumental in the creation of the FEI World Equestrian Games™, hav- ing lobbied for such a competition for many years be- fore it was finally staged for the first time in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990. An all-round horseman, he played polo during his

time in the Royal Navy in the 1940s and became one of Britain’s top players. His passion for all things eques- trian was shared by his wife and passed on to their chil- dren, particularly Prince Charles, who was also a keen polo player, and Princess Anne, who claimed individual gold at the FEI European Eventing Championships in 1971, and individual and team silver medals in 1975. The following year, Princess Anne became the first British Royal to compete in the Olympics when she rode

William and Harry are also regularly spotted on the polo field.

Born in Corfu, Greece, and educated in France,

Germany, and Great Britain, Prince Philip was 18 years old when he joined the Royal Navy in 1939. During World War II he served with the Mediterranean and Pa- cific fleets, and by the time he left the service in 1952, he had reached the rank of Commander. At the age of 26, he married the then Princess Elizabeth (Queen Eliz- abeth II) in November of 1947. An enthusiastic sportsman who enjoyed cricket

and sailing in addition to his equestrian pursuits, Prince Philip was the first member of the Royal Family to at- tend the Commonwealth Games and, in 1955, began a 30-year tenure as President of the Commonwealth Games Federation. In 1956, Prince Philip officially opened the Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia, in full naval uniform. “The passing of Prince Philip is a huge loss for

equestrian sport and his legacy, particularly at the FEI, will live on for many decades to come,” said FEI Pres- ident Ingmar De Vos. “He was a man of incredible en- ergy and a great sense of humour and the FEI was honoured to have him as our longest serving President. “His dedication to equestrian sports cannot be un-

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, the longest serving FEI President (1964 – 1986) passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle in England at the age of 99.

at the Montreal Games in 1976. Prince Philip’s grandchildren also inherited a love

of horse sport. Princess Anne’s daughter, Zara Tindall, was the 2006 World Eventing Champion and helped the British eventing team secure the silver medal on home ground at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Princes


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derestimated and will never be forgotten, especially in the Driving community. He was born in the same year the FEI was founded and, sadly, he will not be with us to celebrate his own and the FEI’s centenary this year. We will celebrate his life and remember him as a great ambassador of our sport.” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid a fitting

tribute to Prince Philip upon the news of his passing, saying, “Like the expert carriage driver that he was, he helped to steer the Royal Family and the monarchy so that it remains an institution indisputably vital to the bal- ance and happiness of our national life.” Courtesy of Equestrian Canada

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Dressage National Squad combina- tion secured a significant personal best score in the Grand Prix Freestyle: 79.095% for second place.

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the Grand Prix Special was a third NTP Dressage National Squad com- bination, Naima Moreira Laliberté of Outremont, QC, and Statesman (Sandro Hit x Brentano II), KML Inc’s 14-year-old Hanoverian stal- lion. They added another high score to their already impressive record with 70.979% awarded from the judges, claiming fourth. Equestrian Canada wishes to

and Windhaven’s Arthur (Jazz x Contango), who are also on the NTP Dressage National Squad, extended the list of Canadian successes in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Her and the 16-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding’s score of 72.860% earned fourth place. Concluding the weekend in

Jill Irving of Moncton, NB,

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