History of the Edgar Training Foundation
There are few sports that have created dynasties in the world but one in particular that has managed that rarity is show jumping – but only two have evolved – the Edgar/Broome families and the Whitakers – all famous within their own time frame. The Edgars became a house hold name with show jumping with their world famous partnership with Everest – successful to such a degree the television advertising of Everest reduced considerably over the years as the teams success constantly being televised took over that role during the business partnership
Ted is married to Liz Edgar, younger sister of David Broome.
Ted who competed in junior competitions, graduated to senior competitions in 1949. The best horse he has ever ridden was the chestnut mare Jane Summers on which he won many major competitions, including the Horse and Hound Cup in 1956, the National Championship in 1958, the South of England Championship in 1959 and the Welsh Championship in 1960. They also won the Leading Show Jumper of the Year Championship at the Horse of the Year Show in 1958.
Ted was purchased an ex-American rodeo horse Uncle Max and later that summer the combination won the prestigious King George V Gold Cup at the Royal International Horse Show, the only time show jumping has taken place on the immortal Wembley Stadium turf.
In 1971 Ted created a business partnership with the Everest Double Glazing Company, and all horses under their remit took the prefix ‘Everest’ and the Everest Breeding Stud was born. Due to the prolific achievements of the next few years under the guidance of the Edgars show jumping team show jumping came to the fore front of sport, televised by BBC on a regular basis the team trained and produced the likes of Olympian Nick Skelton, Emma Jane Brown, Geoff Luckett, Lesley McNaught and Janet Hunter all still either competing at top international level or have major interests in equestrianism still.
Ted created one of the first ‘Horse Friendly’ American Barn complexes in the UK – allowing horses to view activity within the complex or turn and face the outdoors to relax and ‘turn off’. This type of infrastructure resulted in the height of success for the Edgar Stables
At the age of twelve Liz made her first appearance at the Horse of the Year Show and by the age of fifteen she was sweeping the board at County Shows.
In 1960 and 1961 she won the Young Riders Championships
She has won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup a record five times, in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, and 1986. A record that still remains unbeaten.
In 1980 Liz became the first woman ever to win the Aachen Grand Prix and she was also a member of the winning Nations Cup team at Hickstead that year. She was offered a place on the team at the Rotterdam Olympic Games held in 1980, although she declined. Liz has represented her country on numerous occasions in Nations Cups.