Posted on 16th April 2021

In memoriam: Tim Holderness-Roddam 1942-2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden death of longstanding eventing supporter Tim Holderness-Roddam on Thursday 15 April 2021, aged 78.

Tim was a passionate and knowledgeable advocate of eventing for many years. He gave his time freely to support, advise and promote the sport, including roles with British Eventing, British Equestrian, The Horse Trials Support Group and both Blenheim and Burghley Horse Trials. In 2010 Tim was presented with the British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution to the international equestrian world.

Tim was educated at Radley College, followed by military service in the King’s Royal Hussars. His successful 30-year career at Tate & Lyle plc (UM Group) culminated in the role of MD of the United Molasses Group, where he was responsible for the worldwide trading, storage and distribution business.

Since retiring from the City in 2000, Tim held a number of consultancy and non-executive roles, including senior consultant to Bristol Port Company, which handles much of the import/export trade for the west of England; and a consultant to and former director of Abercrombie & Kent, the luxury and tailor-made travel business.

Tim was formerly a trustee of the pension fund of Countrywide Farmers plc and deputy Chair; Chair of the British Equestrian Federation Fund; Chair of Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials; Chair of The Horse Trials Support Group (HTSG), Director and Chair of the Finance Committee of British Eventing; and Deputy Chair of Friends of Conservation, an international charity operating mainly in Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

More recently he has been involved as a Director of British Equestrian; a member of the British Eventing Finance and Commercial Committee; and a member of the Burghley Horse Trials Committee.

Tim was married to Equestrian Olympic Gold Medallist and current British Eventing President, Jane Holderness-Roddam. Together they own West Kington Farms and Stud in Wiltshire, specialising in breeding top competition horses.

Tim will be sorely missed by everyone in the eventing community, where he was a popular and much respected colleague and friend. Our thoughts and best wishes are with his family and friends.