Geoff Wild - funeral arrangements
The Society is saddened to hear of the death of Geoff Wild of the Riffhams herd, who passed away on Monday 16 January aged 90.
Geoff and Briony started the Riffhams herd based near Chelmsford, Essex in the late 1980's and enjoyed many years showing their cattle. Geoff's good stockman's eye led him to buy Colaba Krypton from Peter Guest and the bull became one of the most popular bulls in the Society's AI portfolio as well as having substantial success in the showring in the 1990's.
Geoff was Society chairman from 2010 to 2012 and always took an active interest in Society matters, having donated a number of show trophies including one for Young Handlers, a cause very close to his heart. Most recently he came to the Society's AGM weekend in Devon in October 2022.
Geoff and Briony's other love was their donkeys, which they used for rides at shows, fairs and events - they were much in demand at Christmas where donkeys seemed to be able to be in six places all at once!
Ten years ago Geoff and Briony retired to Devon, buying a small plot of land where they continued to have a few donkeys, plus some sheep that they showed locally for a few years.
The Society's condolences go to Briony and the Wild family.
Geoff's funeral will take place on Monday 13th February at 10.20am, Old Torrington Rd, Roundswell, Barnstaple EX31 3NW. Donations to be shared between The Gambia Horse & Donkey Trust and the British Heart Foundation. All are welcome