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Farewell to showjumping official with ‘particular love’ for Hickstead


  • John Spencer Youngs, the long-standing Hickstead official and esteemed choose died on 6 August 2023, aged 89.

    Mr Youngs was born in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, and educated at King’s School Faculty in Wimbledon. He left college aged 18 to serve two years’ nationwide service.



    He went on to have a profitable profession spanning greater than 40 years within the John Lewis Partnership, beginning as a administration trainee. He turned a central purchaser of costume materials for head workplace, a place that took him everywhere in the world, and later was supplied a senior administration function within the John Lewis Studying retailer, the place he stayed till his retirement in 1997.

    Mr Youngs’ predominant curiosity outdoors enterprise was showjumping, and he had a particular love for Hickstead, with which he was related for greater than 40 years. He began judging within the outer rings and in 1976 was requested if he wish to assist John Farmer within the Worldwide Enviornment as assistant present director, a task he held for practically 30 years. Following the demise of Maggie Griffin, Mr Youngs was invited to take over as president of the worldwide floor jury, a job he continued to do till he was age-barred by the FEI. He was then made president of the bottom jury till his retirement in 2014.

    His different common judging appointments included Horse of The Yr Present (HOYS), the British Open, London Worldwide and Royal Windsor, the place he was a committee member and chair of judges. He was additionally concerned with South of England, Tub & West, Kent County, Devon County, Royal Highland and Addington. He served on the showjumping panel at Badminton and Windsor horse trials, and held worldwide appointments at Le Touquet, Rome, Leipzig and Tripoli.

    Mr Youngs served a time period on the British Showjumping govt board, and underneath the management of the late Jon Doney was a part of the crew conducting the annual judges’ conferences for current and potential judges. He was invited as one of many judges of the BBC Endemol manufacturing of Solely Fools on Horses in 2006. In 2014 Mr Younger, along with his second spouse Frances, was invited to guage the supreme horse and pony at HOYS.

    He’s survived by Frances; son Simon and daughter Jane from his first marriage; grandchildren Emma, Jamie, Jacob, Sam, Megan and Kiera; and great-grandchildren Elsie, Poppy and Darcy.

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