It was with shock and sadness that I learned of Jon’s unexpected passing earlier this week. I did not know Jon well, but I do have a vivid memory of our first meeting, because he was the first international dressage rider I ever interviewed in person, after he won a class at the CDI Blainville a decade ago. Jon spoiled me for all the face-to-face interviews to come after, because he was so gracious, self effacing and honest in his answers. I can’t say I’ve ever met another equestrian athlete who left such a strong first impression of sweetness and humility.
In the years since I met Jon, I have never, ever heard an unkind word spoken against him. And that’s pretty impressive, given the fact that I’m a journalist and I tend to hear the good, bad and ugly about everyone. I have yet to meet a single person who knew Jon, who didn’t like him. He was a kind person and he was kind to his horses.
My thoughts are with Jon’s family, and with his network of friends and clients, all of whom must be grieving terribly at this time.
Jon, you are gone too soon.
To read Equine Canada’s memorial to Jon, click here.