Showjumper, Tim Stockdale is to take a short break from riding as he has been diagnosed with stomach cancer.
He has represented his country on over 50 occasions in Nations’ Cup teams including, the 2002 World Equestrian Games, the 2008 Olympic Games in China and the 2009 European Championships. In early 2010, he served as Chef d’Equipe for the victorious Great Britain team in Nations’ Cup contest in Abu Dhabi.
Tim announced the shocking news on his official Facebook page last week:
It's important to focus on getting over this obstacle before we make plans for the future. I would like to thank all of my owners and sponsors for their kind words and support during this difficult time.
Overwhelmed is an understatement. We never expected so many messages yesterday and we, as a family, are still going through them all. You are all very kind. Thank you.
Stockdale will undergo chemotherapy, with doctors assessing the effect, before decisions on possible surgeries are made.