Sadly, the equestrian community is mourning the loss of one of its biggest supporters and iconic figures this weekend as Hunter Harrison passed away yesterday in Wellington, Florida.
Born on November 7, 1944, in Memphis, Tennessee, Ewing Hunter Harrison was a man whose great accomplishments on and off the rings will never be forgotten by many who knew him.
Having started as a car-oiler at the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, he worked very hard on his way up to becoming CEO of Illinois Central Railroad, Canadian National Railway Company (CN) and Canadian Pacific, each time turning inefficiently-operated railroad companies into very profitable ones.
In fact, he was the founding sponsor of the current Longines Global Champions Tour back in 2006.
Moreover, the founder of Double H Farm has supported the sport unlike few have ever done. Several renowned riders, among them the likes of Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA), McLain Ward (USA), Quentin Judge (USA) and Maggie McAlary (USA) who have won countless blue ribbons on horses owned or co-owned by Mr. Harrison.
He had come back from “retirement” last March on another mission as a CEO to help CSX, one of the giants of intermodal logistics in the United States. Hunter was so respected by investors that the mere news of the his taking over the lead of the company made its value rise $10 billion dollars.
His extraordinary management skills and vision followed him along tracks all over North America and through his horses on rings all over the world. His legacy will never be forgotten by those who knew this great American.
Our condolences to the Harrison family, his relatives and friends. He will certainly be missed by those who knew him.
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