Eve Mainwaring Obituary, Death – The news of Eve Mainwaring’s departure has left me in utter disbelief and misery. Eve, a legendary figure in the sport of equestrian competition in Canada, passed away Friday at the age of 98. She had a life filled with equestrian pursuits, exciting adventures, philanthropic acts, and a strong commitment to imparting her wisdom to those in her immediate environment.
Eve was one of my first coaches, and she always believed in me. I held my very first clinic at her farm in Brockville, Ontario, when I was just starting out as a trainer. After a number of years had passed, Jonathon and Amy would also conduct their initial clinics at her stable. She began to support my aspirations by becoming a co-owner of several horses, the most notable of which was Big Ben, as our friendship got stronger.
As a result, we began to work more closely together in training. Her contributions to the sport in Canada are too many to mention in this context; nonetheless, I would like to encourage everyone to read this lovely piece about Eve that was published in Horse Sport five years ago (https://horsesport.com/…/evelyn-mainwaring-celebrates…/). You can find it here: https://horsesport.com/…/evelyn-mainwaring-celebrates…/).
I am overjoyed that I was able to reconnect with Eve after all these years and that we have been able to maintain our friendship. Without Eve, Millar Brooke Farm never would have developed into what it is now, and the farm will miss her in a significant way. Many thanks to you, Eve, for everything! – Ian Millar. Message of condolence, Eve shared a significant amount of her expertise during the CWHBA inspections. I remember being completely blown away by her ability to instantly recognize a good horse and by her willingness to deconstruct the features of that horse, which allowed her to make that split-second choice.
I had inquired about the possibility of observing her work for a few consecutive summers in order to get knowledge from her. She consented cheerfully, but before she did so, she remarked, “You already know more than you know.” It was quite evident to me that she had not only shared this information with me but also with a great number of other individuals. It was her way of encouraging us to have faith in ourselves and our abilities. Despite the fact that I was never able to carry out the plan because my life went in a different path, I have applied the knowledge I gained from it to many aspects of my life that are not related to horses. She had an impact on the world.