Dorian Williams

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Dorian Williams (1 July 1914 – July 1985) was a British equestrian, journalist, broadcaster, author and patron of the arts.

Life

Williams was [1] educated at Hawtreys prep school,[2] then Harrow School and served as a soldier.

He was, from the 1950s until his death, the voice of show jumping on British television,[3] succeeded by Raymond Brooks-Ward who broadcast with Williams from 1956.[4] He was largely responsible for making it into a mainstream TV sport that was enjoyed by millions throughout the 1970s and continues to be enjoyed. His final broadcast was at the Olympia Horse Show in 1985.

In addition to his TV work he was also an author writing the Wendy series which were aimed at children and could be termed "traditional pony books",[5] he also wrote two adult horse novels and several works of non fiction concerning show jumping and equestrianism in general.[6]

He was Chairman of the British Horse Society, and instrumental in setting up a National Equestrian Centre at Stoneleigh Abbey in Warwickshire. He was also Master of the Whaddon Chase hunt.

In 1949 he founded the Pendley Open Air Shakespeare Festival in the grounds of his ancestral family home of Pendley Manor near Tring, Hertfordshire.

He married the Hon. Moyra Lubbock in 1938 and the marriage was dissolved in 1949. He died from cancer in July 1985.

In 2005, he was one of the inaugural laureates appointed to The British Horse Society Equestrian Hall of Fame.[7][8]

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