Remembering Robert Mackenzie  (12/11/1947 – 13/3/2023)

It is with great sadness that British Eventing announce the passing of Robert Mackenzie, who held the post of their Regional Director for the South West between 2004 and 2010.

Robert played a pivotal role in the South West during his time in post both growing the membership and the competition calendar at a time when British Eventing was still in its formative years. At the time of accepting the post, he had just retired from his professional career within the brewery and hospitality sector where he had held the position of main board director for Hall and Woodhouse, an independent brewery, along with senior positions at Allied Breweries, MD Badger Inns and MD Inn Solution ltd.

An early and initial military career saw Robert serve with the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars, reaching the rank of Captain where he served in Cyprus (UN), Germany and Canada. This was followed by his career within the brewery and hospitality industry working for Allied Breweries, Badger Inns and MD Inns.

Stepping back in 2010, Robert handed the reins over to Andrew Fell in the slightly redefined role of Regional Coordinator. Continuing to give to the sport, which he had fallen in love with as a result of his daughter Emily competing in the sport, Robert remained involved as a BE Steward. Presented with a BE Life Membership in 2018 in recognition of his commitment and contribution to the sport, he was incredibly well respected and liked throughout the eventing community.

Helen West, Chief Executive of British Eventing commented, “I grew up competing with Robert’s daughter Emily and throughout my eventing career Robert was such a familiar figure on the Southwest circuit, regularly officiating and then in his Regional Director role being the interface between Organisers and British Eventing. Robert stewarded for me at Bicton numerous times in both National and FEI positions when I was in my early days as an organiser, and he was such a support to me. More recently we enjoyed seeing him out watching his grandchildren compete. My heartfelt thoughts go out to Robert’s wife Mandy and daughter Emily along with the rest of his family; he will be greatly missed.”

“Robert was hugely influential to the development of the sport in the South West,” said Andrew Fell. “He was always hugely supportive to both organisers and officials. His knowledge and advice will be greatly missed.”

The funeral will take place at 12pm on 27th March, at St Andrew’s Church, Melcombe Bingham, Dorset.

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