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Ansell, Sir Michael Picton (1905–1994), army officer and showjumping administrator, was born at The Curragh, co. Kildare, Ireland, on 26 March 1905, the son of George Kirkpatrick Ansell (d. 1914), then a major (later lieutenant-colonel) in the 6th dragoons, and his wife, ...

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Archer, Frederick James [Fred] (1857–1886), jockey, born at St George's Cottage, Cheltenham, on 11 January 1857, was the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of William Archer, a steeplechase jockey who won the 1858 Grand National and who later became landlord of the ...

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Frederick James Archer (1857–1886) by H. R. Sherborn ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Martin William Becher [Captain Becher] (1797–1864) by Bryan Edward Duppa, c. 1840s ? Copyright The British Museum

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Becher, Martin William [known as Captain Becher] (1797–1864), jockey, born on 18 May 1797, possibly at Hillington, near King's Lynn, was the son of William Becher (d. 1816), an army man turned Norfolk farmer and horse-dealer. He secured a position in the ...

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Peter Beckford (1739/4040–1811) by Pompeo Batoni, 1766 Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen

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Beckford, Peter (1739/40–1811), dog breeder and writer on hunting, was the son of Julines Beckford (1717?–1764) of Steepleton Iwerne, Dorset, and Elizabeth, daughter of Solomon Ashley or Ashby, of Northamptonshire. His grandfather was Peter Beckford (bap. 1643, d. 1710), sugar planter and lieutenant-governor of ...

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Blenkiron, William (1807?–1871), racehorse breeder, was born at Marrick, near Richmond, Yorkshire. His father was a Swaledale farmer but Blenkiron abandoned that pursuit and moved in 1834 to London, where he commenced business as a general agent in Wood Street, Cheapside. In 1845 he added a business manufacturing stocks and collars to his economic activities but three years later retired in favour of his son to devote his time to the breeding of racehorses....

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William Blenkiron (1807?–1871) by unknown engraver, pubd 1871 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bradley, Caroline Frances (1946–1983), showjumper, was born on 4 April 1946 at North Oxford Nursing Home, 165 Banbury Road, Oxford, the younger daughter of John Thomas (Tom) Bradley, chartered surveyor and land agent, and (Frances) Doreen Good. She and her older sister, Judith...

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(Lionel) Peter John Stuart Bromley (1929–2003) by Tom Hevezi, 2001 ? Empics

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Bromley, (Lionel) Peter John Stuart (1929–2003), horse-racing commentator, was born on 30 April 1929 at 29 Derwent Road, West Derby, Liverpool, the son of Leonard Bromley, dental surgeon, and his wife, Kathleen Muriel, née Gibbs, who were then living at 51 Rocky Lane, Liverpool...

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Buckle, Francis [Frank] (c. 1770–1832), jockey, was born at Newmarket, where his father was a saddler, and was apprenticed to Lord Grosvenor's horse-racing establishment, one of the most lavish at the sport's headquarters. Among his earliest major successes was victory in the 1792 Derby on a Scottish horse paradoxically named John Bull. In all he was to win twenty-seven classic races, including some notable doubles. His dual successes on Champion in the ...

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Bull, Phil (1910–1989), racehorse owner and punter, was born on 9 April 1910 at 3 Cemetery Road, Hemsworth, West Riding of Yorkshire, the only son and eldest of the three children of William Osborne Bull (c.1870–1954), a coalminer who later became a sanitary inspector, and his wife, ...

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Bunbury, Sir (Thomas) Charles, sixth baronet (1740–1821), horse-racing administrator and politician, was born in Suffolk (probably at Mildenhall) in May 1740, the elder son of the Revd Sir William Bunbury, fifth baronet (c.1710–1764), and his wife, Eleanor Graham (d...

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Bunn, Douglas Henry David (1928–2009), equestrian and businessman, was born Douglas Henry David Honeybunn on 29 February 1928 at 16 George Street, Chichester, the third and youngest son of George Henry Charles Honeybunn (1885–1967), master greengrocer, and his wife, Alice Ann, née Philpot (1891–1986)...

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Butt, Sir Alfred, first baronet (1878–1962), music-hall entrepreneur and racehorse owner and breeder, was born on 20 March 1878, the only son of Frederick Butt, a builder. He was educated at Westminster School and, after leaving school, worked in the accounting department at ...

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Byerley, Robert (bap. 1660, d. 1714), racehorse owner, army officer, and politician, was baptized on 27 March 1660, the fourth (but second surviving) son of Anthony Byerley (bap. 1619, d. 1667), landowner, of Middridge Grange, Heighington, co. Durham, and his wife, Anne (...