"Inspirational trainer" and founder of Somerley Park Horse Trials, Adela Schardt, loses battle with cancer (From Bournemouth Echo)
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"Inspirational trainer" and founder of Somerley Park Horse Trials, Adela Schardt, loses battle with cancer
TRIBUTES have been paid to eventing trainer Adele Schardt, who died last week aged 59 following a long illness.
Ms Schardt was the founder of the Somerley Park International Horse Trials, held near Ringwood annually, and was chairman of the British Event Organisers’ Association.
She set up and ran the Eleda Stables more than 20 years ago, based at first in Verwood, then Somerley Park, and she backed many talented riders at early stages of their career.
Just weeks before her death from cancer she married her long-term partner Steve Adams.
Suzie Cotterill, co-organiser of the Somerley Park Horse Trials, said: “No one can have failed to have noticed Adele’s passion and determination in all aspects of her life.
“She was an inspirational trainer. Flair and insight were her strong suits in identifying raw talent.
“Her loss to British Eventing is palpable and the legacy of her Eleda stables, riders and horses are testament to her skills and love of the sport.”
Riders Chris King, Nick Campbell, Gubby Leech and Dannie Morgan are among those who have been successful with Team Eleda horses both nationally and internationally.
Mr Morgan, who has just won four consecutive British Eventing events, tweeted: “We are all very upset, although I know she wouldn't want us to be!
“She always said to me that she has had a good life and has been able to do lots of great things in it. She has also helped a lot of people.”
As well as the horse trials, which take place on March 25/26 next year, she taught the Poole Pony Club and did charity work with SE1, introducing inner city youngsters to horses.
BE chief executive Mike Etherington-Smith said: “Adele has made many friends in the equestrian world and over the years she has packed in and contributed so much to the sport that she loved whether as an organiser, owner, trainer, or volunteer.
“Our thoughts are with Steve and Adele’s family at this very sad time.”
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