Canadian driving guru Jack Pemberton dies at 99

Jack K. Pemberton (1923-2022). © Cealy Tetley/Equestrian Canada

Trusty Canadian driver Jack D. Pemberton, recipient of Equine Canada’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007, has died at the age of 99.

Pemberton, who died on August 16, was an influential figure who devoted his time and energy to the development of equestrian sport in Canada, particularly driving, where one of his first attempts was the formation of the Carriage Association of America (CAA) in 1960. CAA is the oldest and largest international organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of horse-drawn carriages and sleighs.

Since 1968, he has held various positions within the FEI, such as Driving Judge and Chairman of the FEI Driving Committee from 1995 to 2004. He was also a member of the FEI Bureau under the administration of former FEI President, Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbòn, and honorary member of the FEI Council since 2004.

Pemberton was a frequent guest at the Royal Windsor Horse Show and worked with former FEI President Prince Philip to reformat the combined driving rulebook.

Pemberton received Equine Canada’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007 for his outstanding contribution and commitment to the Canadian equestrian industry.

“The FEI Driving community has lost a true friend and rider. Jack was an iconic person, not just for riding, but for the whole of equestrian sport. He will be greatly missed,” said Karoly Fugly, Chair of the FEI Driving Committee.

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