Thursday, September 20, 2007

NZL: NZ endurance rider Howard Harris dies

Australian-based New Zealand endurance rider Howard Harris died on Tuesday after a two-year battle with mesothelioma cancer. He was aged 62.

Harris was a very experienced international endurance competitor, having ridden in four World and seven Continental Championships between 1988 and 1996. With his homebred chestnut Arabian gelding Harmere Turfan, he finished second in the coveted Tom Quilty Gold Cup in Australia. He rode for New Zealand at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen in 2006.

In announcing Harris's death, Kerry Ridgeway said that "Howard went through life like a comet, always blazing and always casting a bright light and a big presence. He was one of the people instrumental in developing endurance at the FEI level in the Southern hemisphere.

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