The British Horse Society is sorry to report that John Hall FBHS passed away in Spain on 15 December after a short illness.
John led a full life and his ambition and drive took him to many corners of the world. As a trainer, he had great patience and an uncanny ability to recognise not only how to improve his riders but also to give them confidence and self-belief. Along with this, he had a memorable sense of humour.
After a spell in the Army, John taught at Suzanne’s Riding School in Harrow before a move to Waterstock led him to work with Lars Sederholm.
Mentored by Pat Smallwood FBHS, John set out with determination to become a Fellow of the BHS, with many long evenings spent honing skills and knowledge alongside friends such as Gill Watson FBHS.
Time spent with Iris Kellett in Ireland brought out the true horseman in John where he succeeded to the top of the show jumping tree, his favourite venue being Hickstead. He followed this with great success as a commentator for Irish TV.
Trips to Zimbabwe and Greece followed, where John was still able to share his knowledge and wisdom before retiring to Spain with his wife, Jane, to relax and enjoy playing golf.
In May 2013, John attended a special lunch at Royal Windsor Horse Show for lifetime Fellows, which he much enjoyed despite not being in the best of health.
Very sadly, John’s planned retirement was cut short, but Jane was with him to the end.
A private cremation is to be held in Spain.