It is with deepest regret that we announce of the passing of veterinary surgeon Peter Scott-Dunn CVO MRCVS who died in the early hours of Friday 4th April at the Royal Berkshire hospital, aged 90 years old.
A much-loved personality in the Eventing community, Peter was the team veterinary surgeon to the British Eventing Senior team for numerous Olympic Games. Peter’s first involvement with the sport of Eventing at Olympic level came as a newly qualified veterinary surgeon when he officiated at the London Olympics in 1948 as a duty vet at the Olympic Eventing competition which was held at Tweseldown in Aldershot. He was then also asked to help with the British team in 1952 before going on to be officially appointed as the British Team vet from 1956-1988.
During the early years of his appointment, Peter was not only the vet to the Eventing team but also to all of the British equestrian teams, travelling thousands of miles to continuously check on both existing and potential team horses.
Peter was a friend to many in the sport of Eventing including British Olympian, Richard Meade OBE: “I think the success the British team had back then in the halcyon days were largely due to Peter’s intuitive skill of diagnosing problems in our team horses.
“Despite the distance between our homes, up until very recently I have always called upon him if we had horses with problems that other vets could not diagnose. Not only was he an extremely hard working and skilful man, but he became a great friend to many riders. He would always have a great story to tell and remained incredibly sharp of mind and spirit until he passed away.”
“Hospitable, charming, passionate and a great lover of horses” is how great friend Susie Pragnell describes Peter. “Despite not being able to get out to competitions very often recently, he always loved to hear how people were doing in the sport and loved to be kept up to date. He and his wife Anne were also huge racing fans who only last week were celebrating a win at Kempton Park by their home-bred Ishieamber, trained by George Baker and ridden by L.Morris.”
Peter leaves behind him his wife, Anne Scott-Dunn, who is a former British Team Equine Physiotherapist who worked tirelessly alongside Peter in setting up Scott Dunn’s Equine Clinic in Wokingham.
Former colleagues of Peter at Scott Dunn’s Equine Clinic have written a further memoir to herald his professional achievements; please visit their website.
The funeral service details have now been confirmed and will take place on Monday 28th April at All Saints Church Wokingham at 12.00.
All are welcome to this celebration of Peter's life; black does not need to be worn. To send flowers please contact A.B. Walker Funeral Directors on 0118 978 4040.
Donations can be made in memory of Peter to the Injured Jockey Fund and Help for Heroes via http://www.memorygiving.com/scottdunn
The postal address for the service is:
All Saints Parish Church