Farewell to King’s Troop officer, Olympic eventer, and previous Badminton winner


  • Main Common James Templer, the King’s Troop officer, Olympic rider and previous Badminton winner died on 14 December, elderly 87.

    Born 8 January 1936, James was once the son of Brigadier Cecil Robert Templer and Angela Mary Henderson. He attended Charterhouse College in Surrey, then the Royal Army Academy Sandhurst.



    James was once commissioned into the Royal Artillery in 1955. He become British cross-country ski champion in 1958 and was once introduced a spot within the group for the Wintry weather Olympics, however as an alternative joined the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and attended the equitation direction at Melton Mowbray.

    He purchased his first horse, Anglo-Arab gelding M’Lord Connolly, in 1961 and the following 12 months they have been 2nd at Little Badminton, and become Eu champions at Burghley. In 1963, they gained the world three-day tournament in Munich, and in 1964 gained Badminton.

    That 12 months, they competed on the Tokyo Olympics along Mike Bullen on Sea Breeze, Ben Jones on Grasp Bernard and Richard Meade on Barberry. After the Olympics, James was once being posted to Malaya, and so his liked M’Lord Connolly was once offered to US rider Mike Plumb.

    James was once additionally a a success beginner jockey, successful the Royal Artillery Gold Cup at Sandown on Pax Vobis in 1962 and 1963.

    He retired from the Military in 1990 and arrange a small trade along with his spouse Sally, uploading and promoting plastic flowers.

    A carrier of thanksgiving was once held for James at Garrison Church of St Alban the Martyr, Larkhill, remaining month.

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    He’s survived through his spouse Sally, kids William, Sophie and Tristram, stepchildren Alex and Barley, and 8 grandchildren.

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