Robert Sullivan Tailyour
WSC are very sad to report that Robert Sullivan Tailyour, our founder, died peacefully at home on 24 February.
Robert started the Warminster Saddle Club, (then called the Infantry Saddle Club), over 40 years ago, ably assisted by his wife Sylvia. Between them they ran the club for 35 years, starting with one pony called Goose, there are now 37 horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes. One of the first things he did was to welcome the Riding for the Disabled group who started up in 1978 and are still going strong. He was a very active member of the BHS, (British Horse Society), organising events on their behalf both at the Saddle Club and other venues. Latterly, he was particularly well known for his work promoting TREC.
Robert cared passionately about horses and giving people the opportunity to learn to ride, values which carry on today at the saddle club. Although ill health had recently made it difficult for Robert to get up to the club, his wife Sylvia still comes up regularly to judge our dressage competitions and carry on her work with the BHS and RDA. It is difficult to fully quantify Robert’s contribution to WSC because for 30 of the past 40 years, he and Sylvia were the club. But for their unfailing support and generosity, Warminster Saddle Club would not exist today. The thousands of people, old and young, who have had the opportunity to ride at WSC, everyone who has visited us to take part in our competitions and anyone who has kept a horse at the club owe Robert a massive debt of gratitude which we cannot fully repay. He will be sorely missed.