OUR MEMORIES
TEDFORD, Ian (Lieutenant Colonel)


 

Introduction

 

Lieutenant Colonel Ian Tedford and his wife Mrs Lindy Tedford contributed tremendously to the HKJC professionalization.

 

They are one of the icons in the history of Hong Kong Racing and Equestrian Events of the 70s and 80s.

 

They have a nick name as “Mr and Mrs Beas River“.

 

Before his career in Hong Kong, he rode jumping horses and raced in amateur flat races in Malaysia and Singapore.

 

He also acted as Observation Steward under the senior stipendiary steward of the Malaysia Racing Association.

 

 

Starter, Manager, Principal, Facilitator

 

1971, he married Lindy in Hong Kong.

 

During their honeymoon, they were given BRCC horses to ride by the manager Major Tony Grimshaw.

 

1974 March, he was offered executive appointments at RHKJC.

 

Then, he left the army.

 

He prepared by working under the senior starter of Jockey Club UK at Sandown, Lingfield, Epsom and Goodwood racecourses.

 

1975 March, he En route to HK and spent one month at the MRA Apprentice Jockey School in Singapore.

 

1975 to 1986, Lt Col Tedford was the RHKJC:

– Official Starter

– Principal of Racing Apprentice School

– Manager of Beas River Country Club

– Manager of Pokfulam Riding School

 

1986 June, he retired, with Grand farewells by BRCC Staff, Starting Gate Team, HKHS,and The Stewards.

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

Lt Col Tedford started over 4000 races in Hong Kong.

 

He has fond memories of many horses both on the racecourse and in retirement at BRCC.

SILVER LINING, CO-TACK, GOOD KING, RESOURCEFUL, DO WONG CHOY

 

His dealings with jockeys were always FIRM FAIR and FRIENDLY.

 

The atmosphere at the starting gates can be very tense and sometimes dangerous.

 

He arranged for two world famous jockeys, Willie Carson and Joe Mercer, to talk to the apprentices course at BRCC.

 

He had close contact with all trainers particularly at gate trials when their horses were being tested.

 

He pay tribute to his starting gate team.

 

(The Foreman in 1975 was Wong Tang Ping who became a champion trainer winning the HK Derby with CO-TACK) .

 

Wong Tang Ping never forgot the boys of the gates team and always generously shared his successes with them.

 

The most outstanding trainer in HK was the great George Moore.

 

The owners whom he has remarkable memories are the very few who took an interest in their horses after retirement to BRCC.

 

 

His Memorable races:

 

– The first race at the opening of Sha Tin racecourse.

– A race at Happy Valley with L. Piggot, W.Carson, J Mercer, G Lewis, P Eddery, B.Rouse. B.Taylor, T.Cruz, TO.Lau and G.Moore in the gates.

 

1982 FEB, Lt Col Tedford gave his statement with confidence, “we’ve probably got the best apprentice school set-up in the world”

 

 

1984 DEC, Lt Col Tedford gave his remarks after the largest event of the decade in BRCC:

 

The RHKJC Centenary Horse Show was a great occasion thanks to the superb BRCC staff including:

– Wong Koon Soon (stables and course building)

– Tse Ting Yau (Apprentices’ Instructor)

– Mrs Lindy Tedford (Course Designed )

 

 

SUMMARY

 

Lt Col Tedford thinks his main contribution in HK was not necessarily on the racecourses but at BRCC.
Together with his wife Lindy (who was Chief Instructor Members’Riding), they:

 

– improved the conditions of the retired horses,

– expanded and encouraged local members to ride and compete in shows.

 

Mr Tang Pui Tat (rider of GOOD KING) was a great help in all the Equestrian plans,
together with the Committee and Members of the Hong Kong Horse Society.

 

 

REFERENCE

 

Lt Col Tedford‘s Career after HKJC:

 

– He took over management of championship golf course in Scotland.

– He was invited by the Jockey Club UK to be a Steward at three racecourses in UK. Working until aged 72.

 

 

EXTERNAL LINK

 

The Cameronian Regimental Blog – The Cameronians Scottish Rifles

 

2012 January, Lt Col Tedford’s Malaysian Trip of The Cameronians Scottish Rifles full report download as PDF

 

 

 


 

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