The Equestrian Surfaces team would like to express their condolences to the family of Liz Edgar, international showjumping champion and committed ambassador for the sport.
After her recent passing at the age of 76 following a short battle with cancer, Liz Edgar will be fondly remembered for her record five Queen Elizabeth Cup wins, her success as a showjumper, and the incredible impact she made upon the sport.
Liz’s passion for her sport began at a very early age. After beginning her career with her first jump at the age of 12 at the Horse of the Year Show, Liz soon found international success, representing Great Britain in esteemed championships and at a number of Nation Cups, before going on to become the first woman ever to win the five-star Aachen Grand Prix on Everest Forever.
In 1965, she married international showjumper Ted Edgar, and together they ran their equestrian business from their farm in Leek Wootton, Warwickshire. After Ted sadly passed in 2018, Liz had continued with the management of the business alongside their daughter, Marie.
Spending almost 25 years as a member of the executive British Showjumping board, and acting as Vice Chairman for eight years, Liz was a highly respected figure within the discipline, who was regularly admired for the fluency and accuracy in her riding, and she will be dearly missed.
A spokesman from British Showjumping told Horse & Hound Magazine: “Liz was known not only for her competitive spirit and incredible talent, but also for her very stylish and classical way of riding.”
Iain Graham, British Showjumping’s Chief Executive, added: “We will miss Liz greatly. She was an incredible competitor who put showjumping on the map for many.”
Widely regarded as a lady of principle and dignity, Liz Edgar was fiercely dedicated to her sport and has been established as an inspiration to many. The equestrian world has lost a true legend, one who will be remembered always for her commitment, talent and incredible achievements in showjumping.