Tipperary deaths: world of showjumping mourns passing of legendary Tommy Wade

Tipperary Star reporter


Tipperary Star reporter



Tipperary show jumping legend Tommy Wade passes away

Tipperary show jumping legend Tommy Wade, who died on Monday morning

The world of show jumping in Ireland and the Premier County is mourning the passing of Cashel showjumping legend Tommy Wade.

Mr Wade, who rode the famous Dundrum to many national and international triumphs, passed away this Monday at the age of 80 following a short illness.

Tommy won all five international classes and was part of the winning Aga Khan team at the 1963 Dublin Horse Show, a milestone that will probably never be beaten.

He won the King George V Cup at the White City, the Vaux Trophy at Newcastle, the Boylan Trophy at Ballsbridge, the Grand Prix at Brussels and top prize at the Horse of the Year Show.

Following his retirement from the jumping ring, he took over as chef d’equipe and led the team to over 30 Nations Cup victories in Aachen, Dublin, Rotterdam, Hickstead, Calgary and La Baule.

He was the chef d’equipe when Ireland won gold medal at the European Championships in 2001 and at the World Equestrian Games in 2002.

Tommy Wade is the only equestrian sports person in the Irish Sports Hall of Fame, to which he was inducted in 2013.

Last August he was presented with a Horse Sport Ireland Hall of Fame Award at the Dublin Horse Show in the RDS.

Tommy is survived by his wife Felicity, daughter Maria and sons Robert, Alan and Ronan.

His funeral arrives in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Boherlahan, this Tuesday at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11.30am followed by burial in Ardmayle Cemetery.