Elwyn Hartley Edwards: Memorial service

By Alan Smith, British Equestrian Writers’ Association
A memorial service for our late colleague and friend Elwyn Hartley Edwards is to be held on Saturday, May 24, at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London at 12.30.

Elwyn, who died at his home in North Wales in December, aged 80, came from a family with strong connections with India and served as a Gurkha officer, learning much of his horsemanship at the Indian Military Academy at Dehra Dun, where he became an instructor and military historian.

On his return to Britain in the 1950s he worked for the saddlers, Gibsons of Newmarket, where he enlarged his knowledge of saddlery to such an extent that his book, Saddlery, has become a standard work on the subject. It was one of some 50 books he wrote.

He turned to journalism, edited Riding magazine for 18 years and afterwards was a consultant editor to Horse and Hound magazine, and was a long-standing member of BEWA.

Always good company on his many forays around the showing circuit, he will be much missed.

● Reminder and correction: The BEWA annual awards lunch will be staged at Queen’s Club on Thursday November 20. Further details will be published nearer the date.

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