E. Hunter Harrison, a railroad magnate and owner of Double H Farm passed away unexpectedly this past weekend at the age of 73. It had been reported by the Wall Street Journal that he had been suffering some health problems recently, but a sudden complication resulted in his death.
He leaves behind a wife, two children, and a massive legacy in the equestrian world.
“Today we lost one of equestrian sport’s greats,” says US Equestrian President, Murray Kessler. “An iconic and beloved horse owner and patron of the sport, Hunter Harrison will be greatly missed for his enthusiasm, generosity, and dedication to his horses, equestrian sport, and most importantly, his family. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his family, the team at Double H Farm and all who had the chance to know him.”
Harrison is best known among equestrians as the owner of Sapphire, HH Azur, HH Carlos, and numerous other horses ridden by McLain Ward.
“My family and I are very sad that we have lost a huge presence in our lives,” said McLain of Hunter’s passing. “Hunter was not only a wonderful supporter of my career, but also a guiding force in everything we did. I will miss him dearly, and my thoughts are with his family in this difficult time.”
We are very sorry to all who knew and loved Mr. Hunter. He was a force for huge success in elite show jumping, and his influence will be missed.