The IJRC remembers Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great regret that the IJRC learned of the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who died this morning at Windsor Castle, London, England, aged 99.

The longest-serving FEI president, he headed the federation from 1964-1986, and was succeeded by his daughter, Princess Anne. He was also a supporter, from its instigation, of the International Jumping Riders Club. 

The duke’s sporting achievements were numerous. He was also highly supportive of the FEI Jumping World Cup TM. 

On October 14th 1977, Prince Philip wrote a letter to the first president of the International Jumping Riders Association, which the Club treasures to this day. ‘The International Equestrian Federation welcomes the formation of the Club and looks forward to a fruitful collaboration to the benefit of the sport as a whole,’ he wrote. With characteristic honesty he also wished the best for future relations, whilst acknowledging that disagreements would sometimes be inevitable. ‘It is, of course, too much to hope that we shall always be in agreement but so long as both the International Equestrian Federation and the Club recognises that both are doing their best for the sport I am sure we shall always arrive at a reasonable solution,’ he said.

In the event, relations were extremely cordial and the IJRC has always held Prince Philip in great esteem.

The Club wishes to offer its condolences to the British Royal Family and joins the equestrian world in mourning the passing of this outstanding man.