Showjumping legend Tommy Wade passes away aged 80
The Irish equestrian community is in mourning today following the passing of the legendary Tommy Wade aged 80.
The Tipperary native will be fondly remembered for his association with the great Dundrum in the 60s. The pair winning Nations Cup and Grands Prix all over the globe.
At the 1963 Dublin Horse Show, Wade won all five international classes and was part of the victorious Aga Khan team.
When he finished riding, he enjoyed success as Irish show jumping chef d’equipe and masterminded 30 Nations Cup victories, a gold medal at the European Championships in 2001 and at the World Equestrian Games in 2002 when Dermott Lennon won individual gold.
Wade is the only equestrian sports person to have been inducted into the Irish Sports Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife Felicity, daughter Maria and sons Robert, Alan and Ronan.