It is with the heaviest of hearts that the USEA says farewell to one of its most loyal and enduring members, Mr. Richard H. Thompson, who passed away in the early hours of this morning, June 5. Dick served the sport and the USEA in many capacities and for many years. A former USEA board member, he was currently serving on the USEA Endowment Trust where he so willingly lent the benefit of his knowledge and wisdom.
For the last three decades, Dick and his late wife Vita owned many of the horses that represented the U.S. on international teams under Jim Wofford and Karen O'Connor, whose names are synonymous with such horses as Castlewellan and Biko. Recently he turned his attention to providing mounts for the future stars of eventing when he gave Hannah Sue Burnett the ride on St. Barths.
The USEA sends its deepest condolences to Dick's two sons, Richard Jr. and James and to all his family and friends. His passing is a tragic loss to the sport and he will be greatly missed by so many who knew and loved him.
A full tribute to Dick will be posted shortly.