SOUTH WALES & MONMOUTHSHIRE AREA
DERRICK GEORGE LOVELL LLEWELLIN
Derrick, who was aged 78, died peacefully at Parc-Y-Llyn Nursing Home, Pembrokeshire and his funeral service takes on Tuesday 11th April at Parc Gwyn Crematorian at 10.45 am followed by a service of Thanksgiving at 12.30 at Uzmaston Church.
Derrick is survived by his widow Judith, son Christopher and daughters Caroline and Claire. He was also a loving grandfather of Morgan, Jack, Lara and Isabelle.
In 1959, Derrick riding his home-bred Clover Bud, landed a division of the Lady Dudley Cup at the Worcestershire Hunt and the following year Clover Bud with David Nicholson in the saddle went on to win the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.
As tough as old boots, Clover Bud won six more races under Rules and raced until she was fifteen covering more than 150 miles of National Hunt fences and only on one occasion did she fall at the first fence in the Aintree Grand National. An out and out stayer, she won the Fred Withington at Cheltenham and a four-miler at Birmingham. Clover Bud died at the age of 27 and produced, among other good horses, Captain Clover and champion point-to-pointer National Clover, who was the dam of that good Cheltenham performer Go Balistic.
Another good mare Derrick was associated with was Ronaheath and Derrick's niece, amateur rider Charlotte Owen, said "Ronaheath was Derrick's favourite as she was most difficult to train being a typical naughty chestnut mare. She often caused a scene in the paddock and if she jumped off at the start that was brilliant. Ronaheath won 15 races all told and in 1975 she won the Spillers Leading Point-To-Pointer Trophy" National Clover, which Derrick had bred from his mare Clover Bud, was one of the best ladies' open race horses in the country and in 1984 she won the Grand Marnier Trophy winning nine times and in all but one of those races was partnered by Mandy Lingard.
On one occasion at a point-to-point presentation evening in Bridgend, David quietly gave me a fiver to have a drink. A generous gesture considering thatfor some time I had been writing him up in my reports as Derek instead of his correct Christian name Derrick. Someone told me that I had been mispelling his name and when I next saw him I said "Derrick why didn't you tell me I have been mispelling your name?" he replied "I was just glad I was getting a mention."
Some other good point-to-pointers that Derrick rode were Worthy Lad, a big strong gelding which stood nearly 17hh, Reverando, Pilboy and Rosemary's Russet.
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