In Loving Memory

If you would like to donate in the memory of a loved one then we would be honoured.

Below we pay tribute to the many people who have shared our passion for the Thoroughbred but are sadly no longer with us…


Keith sadly passed away on 4th March 2008 aged 61 years. Keith was a great lover of horseracing who enjoyed going to the races as well as watching it on television. A generous sum was donated by his many family, friends and colleagues after his funeral.


Although we did not know Harry personally his grand daughter, Amy, has set up a Just GivingPage in his memory dedicating funds raised to HEROS Charity. Harry was a lover of horses and got a lot of enjoyment from racehorses. Amy writes on her JustGiving Page:

“My beloved Grandad, Harry Barker, passed away on the 30th January 2016. Harry was a lover of horses and spent many years placing bets on the races as a firm hobby and also loved seeing and spending time with horses. In his memory, we would like to raise funds towards giving ex-racehorses a peaceful and wonderful life as a way of saying thank you for the joy they provided my Grandad throughout the years. We know he would love for them to be taken care of and treated well. Looking through the photographs of my Grandad, there are many of us together where we have visited horses and we have beautiful memories of days out and holidays where these wonderful animals have added to the joy we’ve experienced. As an animal lover myself it seems appropriate and right to give something back to the creatures that provided me and my Grandad with so much happiness.”

Thank you so much Amy and family. You are welcome to visit any time: 


Caroline was a friend of HEROS Charity from the start, having rescued an ex-racehorse called SASEEDO who she then gifted to HEROS Charity, where he still lives today as a HEROS Club Horse.

Caroline visited him regularly bringing him many treats and he always knew her. If she could not get here we often found a supply was sent in the post. All of us at HEROS Charity, and SASEEDO, miss her visits.

Caroline was connected to the racing industry for all her working life and was highly respected by the Epsom Racing Community for whom she worked tirelessly. Her bubbly, enthusiastic and infectious nature are sorely missed by a huge number of people and we would like to give our heartfelt condolences to her family, colleagues and her friends.


Michael was a keen supporter of horseracing, especially National Hunt, attending meetings, and including for many years being a racehorse owner via a small syndicate. He enjoyed the excitement of the sport but also had a genuine concern for the welfare of horses, and wanted to support HEROS in it’s activities by leaving a legacy.

He told us shortly before he died that he particularly enjoyed visiting stables in Newmarket, Lambourn and the Cotswolds perhaps even more than the race meetings themselves.

Michael died in September 2023 after a short illness.


Family of Bernie donated a sum of money to help HEROS Charity continue its work. We hugely appreciate it.


Wendy was a great friend of Sylvia Smallbone (see above), they were both members of Elite Racing and keen supporters. Together they joined in on numerous activities to support us. We miss Wendy’s enthusiasm and kindness but are very pleased to have been part of her life. Thank you.

IAN FOX – 1945 TO 2015

“Ian was a keen racegoer throughout his life, particularly at Kelso Racecourse. Horse racing gave him many years of fun. We are so glad that your charity has benefited from the collection at his funeral. Please keep up the good work in his memory.”

Thank you to all of Ian’s family and friends for their generous donation.

KEITH GOSLING – 1933 TO 2016

We were sorry to hear of Keith’s passing, but so very grateful for the proceeds of a collection at his funeral in aid of HEROS Charity. His wife, Doreen writes the following:

“My husband was an avid race horsing man; he loved to study the paper every Saturday morning before going to the local betting shop to place his bets. He never put loads of money on but loved the thrill of then going home and watching them race on the TV. He used to be practically riding his horses on the home stretch and shouting and cheering them on. He loved all animals and had a big soft heart for them.”

Our condolences to all the family and a thank you to them and Keith’s friends for thinking of us at such a sad time.


Grace met Ken in 1997 when she was working at North Farm Stud as Stud Manager. Ken and his son Ady were regular racegoers at Newbury Racecourse and would always visit The Ibex pub in Chaddleworth for an Ibex ‘pie and a pint’ after racing, which is where they initially met. Ken was already well known by Charlie Egerton’s lads Joseph Tuite and Geoffrey Deacon (now both trainers) and Ken was often at the parties held around the village at that time.

Ken was a brilliant photographer and his passion was going around yards taking ad-lib photos of things going on in the yard. He produced albums of photos for us at North Farm Stud and HEROS Charity – many of Ken’s photos have been used on our websites and brochures and other media items over the years. He was not only brilliant at his photography but he also became a great friend to all at North Farm Stud and HEROS and joined in all the activities.

We all looked forward to and loved Ken’s visits and he will be very much missed by us all as he was a “larger than life character and a wonderful man”.

JACKIE HUBBARD TRIBUTE :  23 March 1967 – 08 June 2023

HEROS is devastated to have lost one of its dearest and most cherished friends with the recent and unexpected passing of Jackie Hubbard (Egglishaw).  Jackie had been involved with HEROS for 13 years, as a trustee since 2010 and Joint Chair since 2014.

Jackie’s love of the horse and racing developed whilst she had horses in training with William Muir (brother of Grace). She was a keen rider and also enjoyed breeding – keeping a broodmare at North Farm Stud. Jackie was very principled and responsible, she always took responsibility for her horses after their racing days were over.

Jackie’s first horse, Kintwyn, was given to her by William Muir when he retired from racing in December 1996, little did she know this would kick start her passion for the former-racehorse.  When Kintwyn died, Jackie took on a HEROS horses, Jove, who she eventually bought.  She had many happy years riding him until he needed a quieter life, retiring due to old age, he subsequently became a very happy, “bossy” field companion. She brought him back to North Farm Stud and HEROS to be on livery with other retired former racehorses. He remains here today, out in the field with a small group of friends, being a horse and living the life Jackie wanted for him.

Jackie also had a keen interest in dressage, which started with an ex-eventer she had called Mac. Jackie rode very well herself and competed affiliated BD. She went on to win several times on her competition horse Flo and although Jackie’s knowledge of dressage and her own abilities were amazing, in true Jackie form, she did not recognise it. When Flo retired, she became a broodmare and had a couple of foals at North Farm Stud. One of the foals is a 2-year-old who Jackie named ‘Forget Me Not’ with a stable name of Iris. Iris, by Ziroccho Blue, has been backed this year and turned away again, she shows great promise and is a credit to Jackie and her investment in her.

In addition to Jove, Flo and Iris North Farm Stud is also home to Max, a TB X, and Der Wellbeloved or ‘Charlie Hubbard’ to his friends. Max is an absolute delight and a firm yard favourite. He has stepped up and is currently teaching John, Jackie’s husband, to ride. Charlie, who was really Jackie’s great love, is also a super, kind and gentle boy and will continue to be loved and cared for at the stud. All Jackies cherished horses will now being supported by John Egglishaw, who has taken up the mantle to care and provide for all of Jackie’s horses in the manner she would have wanted and expected.

Jackie’s support and interest in all that is HEROS was phenomenal and with a background and professional career in VAT, she was at the forefront of obtaining VAT registration for HEROS in May 2023. This was a significant turning point for the Charity, giving HEROS the boost in income it needed to develop into the organisation it is today.  Without Jackie this would never have been achieved, and we are so grateful that she continued to support and advise in the accounts department with the intricacies of charity VAT reporting and claiming. It is safe to say her input and vast knowledge has been invaluable.

But more than any of this, Jackie has been a true friend to us all. Her kindness, generosity, humility, and general down-to-earth attitude is what we will miss so very much. She gave so much more than her working expertise, she was not only the best of friends to HEROS and the former racehorse but was a true friend to Grace and Dulcie, who both adored her.  Her support to both was unstinting through all their new ventures. What is Dulcie going to do without her help at the RoR Championships in 2023?

Nothing was ever too much trouble for Jackie and she helped out at every event that HEROS was involved in; writing for the dressage judge, doing the timing and judging show-jumping to name a few.

HEROS and North Farm Stud without doubt was Jackie’s “Happy Place” and she came most weekends to relax with horses and friends. We cherish the memories of the time we had as her friend and miss her dreadfully.  HEROS and North Farm Stud will honor Jackie’s memory by looking after her horses, with John’s support, upholding her high principles of care and most importantly loving them unconditionally as she did.   

We are collecting through Just Giving to erect a memorial sculpture by Jane Shaw called “Love and Hope” in Jackie’s memory and it is so well named as that is exactly what she gave us every day.

“Bless you Jackie and thank you for being you and touching our lives in your very own special way, leaving us with a huge gap and such sadness but with so many happy memories of our time together”.

With love always.


David John Muir was better known to everyone in racing as Ian.

His life was a full one, having set up Fawley Stud – one of the largest thoroughbred studs in England during the 1950s standing five stallions and often foaling up to 95 mares a year. He was very well respected throughout the thoroughbred world for his knowledge and expertise.

He enjoyed talking about his wonderful days with Ryan Price who was both a friend and a client at the Stud. Ian also bred WHAT A MYTH, which Ryan Price trained to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Whitbread Gold Cup.

He bred DESTROYER, who won The Henry VII Stakes 1985 and was third to GILDORAN in 1984 in The Ascot Gold Cup. DESTROYER was out of one of his own mares, MARY GREEN, who he also bred at the stud.

Ian’s expertise in foaling mares was wonderful to behold and a vet who worked with him once said to his daughter Grace: “If Ian ever called for help I didn’t rush. If he couldn’t do it, then I sure couldn’t either.”

Ian, with his wife, Agnes have supported Grace in her quest to set up HEROS Charity and rehome ex-racehorses to new careers. Without them HEROS Charity would not exist today. Grace said: “He was an amazing father and I am proud to be his daughter. He has left me so much and will always be in my heart. He was a kind man and helped so many people and touched many in his life.”


Racehorse owner and wartime escapee – obituary

John Pearce, who has died aged 98, became a noted bloodstock breeder and racehorse owner, having successfully escaped from a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Hong Kong in the Second World War.

Hong Kong was Pearce’s birthplace, and it remained his home for almost his entire life. Until the age of 50 – when he retired to concentrate on his racing interests – he was on the board of the trading house Hutchison International, in which his father, Thomas (Tam), had acquired a controlling share in 1917. For 40 years, until he was in his nineties, John Pearce lived in some splendour in a suite at Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental hotel.

Pearce would visit Britain annually for a couple of months during the flat racing season, basing himself in his flat at the Jockey Club in Newmarket. Racing was his lifelong passion (he had bought his first share in a horse at 17), and his chief ambition was to breed and run, in his own blue and white colours, a winner of the Derby.

He never did, but came tantalisingly close: in 2006 his horse Dragon Dancer, a 66-1 shot which had never won a race, failed by only a short head to hold off Sir Percy. Afterwards Pearce said ruefully: “I would rather have come last than second.” Dragon Dancer later finished fourth in the Irish Derby and second in a Group 2 race in France, before finally breaking his duck in a race at Windsor the following season.

There was further disappointment in 2012, when Pearce was 94. At the yearling sales the Earl of Huntingdon, acting on Pearce’s behalf, was the underbidder at 500,000 guineas for Australia, which would win the Derby two years later.

Pearce, who for more than 30 years boarded his mares at Kirsten Rausing’s Lanwades and Staffordstown studs, also bred Arcadian Heights – trained, like Dragon Dancer, by Geoff Wragg – which won the Ascot Gold Cup in 1994 and then followed up in the Doncaster Cup. The horse was a “character” and had to race in a muzzle, having bitten off a finger from David Loder when he was an assistant to Geoff Wragg.

John Leitch Colmere Pearce was born on October 13 1918 into a family with a long connection with the Far East.

His grandfather, the Rev Thomas William Pearce, had spent nearly 50 years in China as a missionary and translator, while his father Tam had been a prominent figure in the Hong Kong business community since 1903.

Sent to school at Charterhouse, John spent the holidays with his parents’ friends, the Johnstones, in Dumfriesshire. John Johnstone was a trainer, and it was there that John’s love of racing was nurtured.

In the mid-1930s he returned to Hong Kong to join Hutchison. But on Christmas Day 1941 Hong Kong surrendered to the Japanese after 18 days’ fierce fighting during which Tam Pearce was killed in action. John had joined the Royal Artillery, and was manning the anti-aircraft guns near Deepwater Bay. After the surrender Pearce was incarcerated in Sham Shui Po camp, from where in April 1942, with three comrades (Douglas Clague, Lynton White and David Bosanquet), he escaped through a sewage tunnel. This was despite the opposition of their senior officers, who feared reprisals by their Japanese captors. According to Tony Banham, in his book We Shall Suffer There: Hong Kong’s Defenders Imprisoned, 1942-45: “Having found a manhole cover in a weed-covered corner of Shamshuipo, they had attempted escape in March but were disturbed. By early April the tide and moon suited their purposes again, and aided by various diversions they
escaped through a sewer to the sea.” Apparently with the aid of a lilo, the four men then swam across the bay into Chinese territory. Equipped with only a sketch map and tinned food, they eventually ran into some guerrillas who helped them negotiate their way to Huizhou, from where they progressed to Chungking. In all they had made a journey of more than 600 miles.

Pearce rejoined the war effort as an intelligence officer with the British Army Aid Group (BAAG), an MI9 unit assisting PoWs to escape from Japanese camps. Douglas Clague (who was later knighted and became chairman of Hutchison International) also joined BAAG. Major Pearce drew up an evasion map which was issued to all air forces operating in the Pacific, and was appointed MBE for his intelligence work.

After the war he returned to Hutchison, remaining on the board until his retirement in 1968. He was subsequently an astute investor in the Asian markets. Hutchison was sold in 1979 to Li Ka-shing, now said to be Hong Kong’s richest man.

A steward of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Pearce was a regular at Sha Tin racecourse, often presenting the Pearce Memorial Cup for the winner of a race run in memory of his father.

Towards the end of his life he also had a house at Gassin, near St Tropez. In his latter years his runners were trained by Ed Walker and Sir Mark Prescott, and in 2016 he had 13 winners.

John Pearce was known for his courtesy, generosity and straight dealing. He once declined an invitation to join the Queen in her box at Royal Ascot because he had already agreed to meet a friend for tea. He embraced new technology, in his nineties delighting in the possibilities offered by an iPad, Skype and his iPhone6.

He was unmarried, and is survived by his niece, Daphne Bush.

John Pearce, born October 13 1918, died January 12 2017


We are very saddened that HEROS’ long standing friend, Supporter and Company Secretary to the Trustee Board has passed away.  This followed a very long illness which she had battled with a massive amount of courage, humility and dignity.

Mary Robinson had been a huge part of HEROS from the very beginning in 2006 and was very helpful not only on an accountancy basis but in keeping everyone’s feet on the ground. Having a background in racing she also had a huge amount of knowledge across the industry.

She will not only be missed as part of HEROS business but also as the very dearest if friends. We will miss her counsel, her humour, her dedication and most of all her love.

Despite her illness she remained working and continued to help with HEROS and North Farm Stud’s accounts and reporting to the Trustees regularly with updates and forecasts. She also continued to support our events, when she was well enough and was present at both our last Raceday and our Supporters lunch, so Mary remained very much part of the HEROS family and often was on the telephone to Grace from her hospital bed as she had many stays in hospital over the past few years.

Her legacy will continue with HEROS, as one of her daughters, Lauren is now also part of the HEROS family being a Trustee on The Board.

We count ourselves incredibly lucky to have had Mary in our lives and have many wonderful memories. So thank you Mary for your care and support for HEROS. You are in and will remain in our hearts and we smile at your memory and will never forget your one liner that never failed to spur us on “But Grace, It’s all well and good but where’s the money coming from ?!”.


HEROS Charity is saddened to learn of the death of Sylvia who was one of HEROS Charity’s valued supporters. She was always a keen horse lover who got involved with horse racing when winning a share in a horse owned by The Reading Evening Post Club. When this horse later became the property of Elite Racing Club, Sylvia was offered membership with Elite and remained a loyal member from then on. It was through her love of horses and her desire to see that they got a life after racing that she became involved with HEROS Charity.

In 2007 HEROS took in an Elite Racing Club racehorse. Sylvia had been particularly fond of this horse and came to visit From that date onward she took a full part in helping HEROS raise funds by regularly helping with ‘bucket collections’ at racecourse exits , helping with refreshments and selling merchandise when HEROS put on visits and attending many of our functions. As a member of the Beekeepers Society she was often asked to give talks and donated any fees she received to HEROS.

Thank you Sylvia for being a part of the HEROS team. We will miss you.


Friends and family of Micheal donated to HEROS Charity in honour of his love for horses and going to the races.


Steven’s friends, family and colleagues from Network Research kindly donated a fitting sum to HEROS Charity in memory of Steven who loved horse racing. He will be greatly missed.


Donations raised in memory of my husband Ronald Wood who sadly passed away on 27th May; he was a devoted racing fan throughout his life. Keep up your amazing work, Best Wishes JW