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Mr David John (Ian) Muir - 1927 to 2014

The Muir family are very saddened to announce the death of their father David John Muir,  he was better known to everyone in racing as Ian.  He was their rock and gave them all constant support and will be greatly missed.

His life was full having set up Fawley Stud , one of the largest thoroughbred studs in England during the 1950s standing 5 stallions and often foaling up to 95 mare’s a year.  He was very well respected throughout the thoroughbred world for his knowledge and expertise.

He enjoyed talking about his wonderful days with Ryan Price who was both a friend and a client at the Stud.  Ian also bred What A Myth, which Ryan Price trained to win both The Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Whitbread Gold Cup.

He bred Destroyer, who won The Henry VII Stakes 1985 and was 3rd to Gildoran in 1984 in The Ascot Gold Cup.  Destroyer was out of one of his own mare’s, Mary Green, who he also bred at the stud.  

He leaves his wife Agnes, 3 sons Adam, William and Iain and daughters, Anne and Grace.

Ian’s expertise in foaling mares was wonderful to behold and a vet who worked with him once said to Grace“ if Ian Muir ever called for help I didn’t rush, as if he couldn’t do it then I sure couldn’t either”.

Ian and Agnes Muir have also supported Grace, their youngest in her quest to set up HEROS and rehome ex-racehorses to new careers and without them HEROS would not exist today.

Grace said “he was an amazing father who I have been around all my life and I am proud to be his daughter, he has left me so much and will always be in my heart.  He was a kind man and helped so many people and touched many in his life”.


You can read more about Mr Muir and his huge role in helping support Grace set up HEROS by following this link 


Ken Hargreaves -  1938 to 2015

Grace met Ken around 1997 when she was working at North Farm Stud as Stud manager.  Ken and his son Ady were regular racegoers at Newbury Racecourse and would always visit The Ibex pub in Chaddleworth for an Ibex pie and a pint after racing.  This is where Grace and Ken initially met.  Ken was already well known by Charlie Egertons lads Joseph Tuite and Geoffrey Deacon (now both trainers) and Ken was often at the parties held around the village at that time.

Ken was a brilliant photographer and his passion was going around yards taking ad-lib photos of things going on in the yard.  He took numerous albums of photos for us at North Farm Stud and HEROS and many of Ken’s photos have been used on our websites and brochures and other media items over the years.  He was not only brilliant at his photography but he also became a great friend to all of us at North Farm Stud and HEROS and joined in with everything we did here. 

We all looked forward to and loved Ken’s visits and he will be very much missed by us all as he was a “larger than life character and a wonderful man”.


Ian Fox - (1945 - 2015)

"Ian was a keen racegoer throughout his life, particularly at Kelso Racecourse. Horse racing gave him many years of fun. We are so glad that your charity has benefited from the collection at his funeral. Please keep up the good work in his memory."

Thank you to all Ian's family and firneds for thier generous donation.

Steven Watts

Stevens’s friends, family and colleagues from Network research kindly donated a fitting sum to HEROS in memory of Steven who loved horse racing. He will be greatly missed.

Micheal Stewart

Friends and family of Micheal donated to HEROS in honour of his love for horses and going to the races.

Keith William Allinson

Thoughts go to Keith who passed away on 4th March 2008 aged 61 years. Keith was a great lover of Horseracing who enjoyed going to the races as well as watching it on television. A generous sum was donated by his many family, friends and colleagues after his funeral on the 14th March 2008.

Bernie Clapton

Family of Bernie donated a sum of money to help HEROS continue its work - We hugely appreciate it.

Slyvia Smallbone

HEROS is very sad to have heard of the recent death of Sylvia who was one of HEROS valued supporters

Sylvia always a keen horse lover, got involved with horse racing when winning a share in a horse owned by The Reading Evening Post Club. When this horse later became the property of Elite Racing Club, Sylvia was offered membership with Elite and remained a loyal member from then on. It was through her love of horses and her desire to see that they got a life after racing that she became involved with HEROS.

In 2007 HEROS took in a racehorse that for much of his racing life had been owned by Elite Racing Club. Sylvia had been particularly fond of this horse and came to see him at HEROS. From that date onward she took a full part in helping HEROS raise funds by regularly going to race meetings helping with ‘bucket collections’ at the exits , helping with refreshments and selling merchandise when HEROS put on visits and attending many of our functions. As a member of the Beekeepers Society she was often asked to give talks and donated any fees she received to HEROS.

Thank you Sylvia for being a part of HEROS. We will miss you.

A photo of Sylvia's favourite horses -  Eisteddfod and Ionian Spring


HEROS was extremely saddened to learn that Caroline Beaumont’s recently passed away. She was a friend of HEROS from the start, having rescued an ex-racehorse called Saseedo who she gifted to HEROS wherehe still lives today and is a member of the HEROS Club.

Caroline visited him regularly as and when she could, bringing him many treats and he always knew her. If she could not get here we often found a supply was sent in the post, all of us at HEROS and Saseedo will miss her visits.

Caroline was connected to the racing industry for all her working life and was highly respected by the Epsom Racing Community for whom she worked tirelessly. Her bubbly, enthusiastic and infectious nature will be sorely missed by a huge number of people and we would like to give our heartfelt condolences to her family, colleagues and her friends. 

Wendy Muriel Elizabeth Davis - 1947 - 2016

We are really saddened to have heard of the recent death of Wendy who was a great friend of Sylvia whose sadly dies a few years ago and is mentioned above. Both Wendy and Sylvia were members of Elite Racing and became involved with HEROS when a previously owned Elite Racing horse came to HEROS to be re-homed. They were both keen supporters from that day onwards and often helped with visits here at HEROS and also at racecourses with bucket collections. Sadly Wendy had been ill for sometime and had not been well enough to come to HEROS for a while or see her beloved horses. We will miss her enthusiasm and kindness but are very pleased to have been part of her life.

Thank you


Harry died very recently and we are sorry to say that HEROS did not know him but his Grand daughter, Amy, has set up a Just Giving Page in his memory dedicating funds raised to HEROS as Harry was a lover of horses and got a lot of enjoyment from racehorses.

Amy writes on her Just Giving Page

'My beloved Grandad, Harry Barker, passed away on the 30th January 2016. Harry was alover of horses and spent many years placing bets on the races as a firm hobby and also loved seeing and spending time with horses. In his memory, we would like to raise funds towards giving ex racehorses a peaceful and wonderful life as a way of saying thank you for the joy they provided my Grandad with throughout the years. We know he would love for them to be taken care of and treated well. Looking throughthe photographs of my Grandad, there are many photos of us together where we hav evisited horses and we have beautiful memories of days out and holidays where these wonderful animals have added to the joy we've experienced. As an animal lover myself it seems appropriate and right to give something back to the creatures that provided me and my Grandad with so much happiness'

Thank you so much Amy and family. Please come and see us.



KEITH GOSLING 1933 - 2016

We were sorry to hear from funeral directors of Keith's passing following a collection at his funeral in aid of HEROS. 

His wife, Doreen writes the follwoing about Keith's interest in racehorses.

' My husband was an avid race horsing man; he loved to study the paper every Saturday morning and then going to the local betting shop to place his bets. He never put loads of money on them but loved the thrill of then going home and watching them race on the TV. He used to be practically riding his horses on the home stretch and shouting and cheering them on. He loved all animals and had a big soft heart for them'.

Our condolences to all the family and a thank you to them for thinking of us at such a sad time.


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