24 June 2020 12:43
Racing has been left in shock following news of the death of Aintree chairman Rose Paterson at the age of 63. In a statement, her husband Owen Paterson MP said: "It is with great sadness that I must inform you that my wife, Rose, has been found dead at our family home in Shropshire. "Rose and I were married for 40 happy years. "Her death has come as a terrible shock to us all. I would ask the media to respect the privacy of myself and my family at this extremely difficult time." A minute's silence will be held before racing at Haydock on Wednesday in her memory and that of Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell, whose death was announced on Tuesday.
Paterson became Jockey Club Racecourses' first female chairman when succeeding Lord Daresbury at Aintree after the 2014 Grand National meeting. At the time of her appointment, she said: "It is a privilege and thrilling to be involved in what is the greatest race in the world." Paying tribute, Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club, said: "This is tragic news and our thoughts go out to Rose's husband Owen and all members of her family. "Rose was a wonderful person and involved in so many aspects of our sport. She was a skilled chairman at Aintree, a valued member of our board of stewards and headed up our Horse Welfare Group. "We appreciated her contribution very much and my fellow stewards and I looked forward to hearing her sound views on a subject, where she was always sensitive to the best course of action for racing.
Paterson's passion for equine sport was evidenced by her completing the 1,000km Mongol Derby in 2011, raising £120,000 for charity, and she had been a non-executive director at Aintree since 2005. "We were riding 14 hours a day and there wasn't a lot to look forward to at the end of the day, just a tent and no running water. You went through the pain barrier several times a day. Paterson spent her gap year before university with trainer Gavin Pritchard-Gordon in Newmarket, had hunted since she was a child and also owned point-to-pointers as well as breeding, owning and training eventers. Her professional background included holding senior roles in the Paintings Department at Sothebys and ten years as the Daily Telegraph's Northern art critic. She married Owen Peterson, who was the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from 2012 to 2014, in 1980 and had three grown-up children Felix, Ned and Evie. Her daughter Evie represented Great Britain three times in the European Eventing Championships as a junior and young rider. THE ex-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was a vocal MP during Britain's Brexit troubles throughout 2018. But who is Owen Paterson, why did he send a letter to Sir Graham Brady, and how has he been involved in Brexit? 2 Owen Paterson sent a letter of no confidence in the former PM, Theresa May Credit: Alamy Live News Who is Owen Paterson? Owen Paterson is the Tory MP for North Shropshire and former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Paterson has been called "the worst environment secretary this country has ever suffered" in a blog for The Guardian by George Monbiot. A known Brexiteer and supporter of the Leave.EU campaign, Paterson was particularly critical of the EU's Common Fisheries Policy. He submitted a letter of no confidence in the former Prime Minister Theresa May which lead to a no confidence vote being called on December 12, 2018. A staunch critic of May's handling of the Brexit negotiations, Paterson feared that under Theresa May's management the result of the 2016 referendum will not be delivered. 2 He published his letter to Sir Graham Brady in the Daily Telegraph Credit: Rex Features When did Owen Paterson send a letter of no confidence to Sir Graham Brady? Owen Paterson's letter of no confidence in the Prime Minister was published in the Daily Telegraph, a matter of hours before it was announced that there would be a vote of no confidence in 2018. In his letter he said: "the prime minister's proposed "deal" is so bad that it cannot be considered anything other than a betrayal of clear manifesto promises." And concluded with this statement: "Throughout this process, I have sought to support the government. "The conclusion is now inescapable that the prime minister is the blockage to the wide-ranging free trade agreement offered by Tusk which would be in the best interests of the country and command the support of parliament." LATEST BREXIT NEWS HARD BALL France to use virus hit to UK economy to put the squeeze on Boris in Brexit talks DEAL BREAKER Britain warns the EU has until October to break a deal before No10 walks away BREXIT BOOM Boris hails start of UK-Australia trade talks & vows to sell Marmite to Aussies CRUNCH TIME Boris forces EU into 'accelerated' Brexit talks & wants deal by 'end of summer' LAST CHANCE EU to be told 'take it or leave it' in talks aimed at clinching Brexit deal NO DELAY UK confirms to EU it will NOT extend Brexit transition period beyond December 31 What is Owen Paterson's net worth, is he married and does he have any children? He is married to Rose Ridley, who passed away in June 2020, and they had two sons and a daughter together. There names are Felix, Ned and Evie. Paterson's net worth is estimated at £1.5million.