Robert Oliver (1940-2021)

The Irish Draught Horse Society (GB) was saddened to learn of the death of our previous President, Robert Oliver, who died at home on the 12th March 2021.

Our Society was very fortunate to have Robert as our Vice President from 2001, and then as President from 2011 to 2018. His love and enthusiasm for the Irish Draught horse were apparent whenever he came to any of the Society’s functions, and his willingness to give advice to anyone who asked was very much appreciated.

He was without doubt one of the greatest showmen of all times. Robert showed cobs, hacks and hunters and his record of producing champions in every category of horse class at both HOYS and the RIHS is something that has yet to be equalled. Robert was also a keen hunting man and regularly hunted his show horses whilst he was Master of the Ledbury Hunt.

It has been a privilege to know such a great showman, huntsman and above all a true gentleman. Our sincere sympathy goes to his wife Claire and to his family.