Richard Barber, one of the most successful point-to-point and hunter chase trainers in Britain from the 1980’s until he retired in 2014, passed away peacefully at home on 7th June aged 77.
Based at Seaborough, Dorset, apart from being the leading National point-to-point trainer on many occasions, Richardalso saddled Rushing Wild, Earthmover and Fantus (twice) to win the Cheltenham Foxhunter, as well as being successful with Trust Fund in the Aintree Foxhunter. He saddled seven winners in a day at the Mendip Farmers meeting at the now defunct Castle of Comfort track in 1998.
His eye for a horse with potential was unsurpassed, and he was responsible for the purchases of See More Business (Gold Cup and King George VI chase twice) and Rock On Ruby (Champion Hurdle).
Richard retired from training in 2014 having saddled his last winner, Whataknight, at Bratton Down that year. His last winner as an owner came just two weeks ago when home bred So When won the Open Maiden at Upcott Cross.
With sincere condolences to the family