It is with great sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of Mike Tucker at the age of 74. He was for so long the voice of equestrianism on television and at numerous events and shows all over the UK and around the world.
A familiar voice across every major equestrian event, he joined the BBC in 1977 and took over as lead equestrian commentator in 1992.
He retired from broadcasting last year after the 2017 Badminton Horse Trials, having worked at six Olympic Games.
He lived in Gloucestershire and as a former event rider, he rode at Badminton on many occasions, the highlight being second place on General Bugle. He commentated there for over 35 years and was hugely involved in the local farming and hunting communities.
He voiced famous moments including Zara Tindall’s 2006 world title, Britain’s successes at London 2012, as well as Charlotte Dujardin and Nick Skelton claiming gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Fellow presenter Lee McKenzie paid tribute to Tucker on Twitter, saying: “Very sad to hear that Mike Tucker is no longer with us. A stalwart of the equestrian world. Taught me so much. Proud to have worked with him and call him a colleague and a friend.”
Tucker became the chairman of the organising committee of Olympia two years ago, and in a statement the show’s director Simon-Brooks Ward said: