Oxfordshire racing legend Henrietta Knight will be sharing her innermost thoughts on 20 years of marriage to former National Hunt jockey and fellow trainer Terry Biddlecombe at this year’s Wantage (not just) Betjeman Literary Festival.
Together the well-loved Lockinge-based couple trained the brilliant racehorse, Best Mate – winner of three consecutive Cheltenham Gold Cups.
Tragedy struck when the horse unexpectedly collapsed and died in 2005 at Exeter racecourse.
Some years later, Terry’s health deteriorated and Henrietta retired from training in 2012 to care for him. He died in January 2014.
‘We adored each other’
Henrietta has recorded her memories in Not Enough Time, a poignant tome that she will be talking about at The Beacon, Wantage, on October 27.
‘We had many common threads and we adored each other,” she said.
‘Together we shared triumphs as well as tragedies. Despite a somewhat unconventional and wild lifestyle during his days as a Champion jockey in the 1960s and 1970s, he never forgot his public and had a great number of admirers.
‘I wrote my book because I wanted my memories of Terry to be recorded. Due to loving him so much I felt a description of his amazing life should be outlined. It was my gift to him and a token of my thanks to him for sharing 20 wonderful years with me.
‘Terry was unique and my world is empty without him. He is always in my thoughts and I have wonderful memories.’
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Online bookings close October 22.
Read Henrietta Knight’s story in the Wantage Herald here.