Tuesday 25 September 2018

Showjumping legend Tommy Wade passes away aged 80

Tommy Wade, Chef d' Equipe and the victorious Irish team with the Aga Khan trophy in 2000
Tommy Wade, Chef d' Equipe and the victorious Irish team with the Aga Khan trophy in 2000
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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.

Dundrum who dominated show jumping in the 1960s when ridden by Tommy Wade is considered one of the greatest show jumpers ever.
Dundrum who dominated show jumping in the 1960s when ridden by Tommy Wade is considered one of the greatest show jumpers ever.

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.

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