We are deeply saddened to share the passing of our team GB rider, top-level competitor, talented horseman and dear friend Adrian Deane on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.
Our thoughts are with his dearly-loved wife Sally as well as horse Tommy and dog Hendricks, who will also be missing their ‘dad.’
Adrian had been fighting a brave battle with Motor Neurone Disease but was able to make the trip to Devon in May, where he spent time with friends and members of his tentpegging family, for which we were grateful.
Many of you will be familiar with Adrian and his beautiful coloured horse Tommy streaming up the run to take his peg in style.
A regular on the international circuit, Adrian was proud to wear the red, white and blue of Great Britain on many occasions. He competed in South Africa, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Oman, Sudan, Germany and in the 2016 International Tentpegging Federation World Cup finals in Egypt.
With Tommy, and Nikita before him, Adrian was consistently in the ribbons at events throughout the UK during the past decade. A loyal member of the Dartmoor Demons team, Adrian was a favourite for displays and demos and brought Tommy on from a young raw recruit to the winner of the British Tentpegging Associations’ Best Horse award.
More than his success on the tentpegging field was his passion for the sport, his willingness to share knowledge and the snippets of advice for fellow riders which could make all the difference. Our sport has lost a true horseman - an elegant, calm and talented rider and sportsman.
Off the playing field, we will all miss Adrian’s cheeky personality, his life-and-soul-of-the-party moments and, of course, his own rendition of that Lady Gaga classic ... Ride high with that peg of glory, Adrian!
Details of Adrian’s funeral have been emailed to BTA members: you are welcome to come and celebrate his fun-filled life.