Show jump legend dies

By: Horse Deals


Show jump legend dies
Nick Skelton and Showtime
Former international rider and owner Fred Welch has died at the age of 77.
Fred started his show jumping career with Phil Oliver in 1955, before setting up on his own yard and then marrying international show jumper, Sue Cohen.
Fred rode on 21 Nations Cup teams and, with Rossmore II, became a regular puissance winner, taking the Olympia and HOYS titles.
After retiring from the saddle, Fred was successfully bred and produced young show jumpers and racehorses, including Showtime, the mare ridden by Nick Skelton at the Atlanta Olympics. He and Sue also bred a Cheltenham Festival winner in 2004.
Among those who rode for Fred were Mark Armstrong, Tina Fletcher and Rowan Willis, his stable jockey at the time of his death.
Fred leaves his wife Susan, son Peter and grandson George and will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
The funeral will be held at St Leonards Church, Sherfield-on-Loddon on Monday 12 April at 2.30pm.
No flowers by request but donations, if desired, in his memory to Cancer Research may be sent to Alexander and Dry, 1 Seal Road, Basingstoke, Hants. RG21 7NQ