Royal Agricultural University pays tribute to Mike Tucker

29 Mar 2018

The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) is mourning the loss of graduate and former Governor, Mike Tucker, best known for his work as the BBC’s long-serving equestrian commentator.

Professor Joanna Price, Vice-Chancellor of the RAU, said: “I was shocked and saddened to hear of Mike’s death. He was a very distinguished alumnus and the voice of British Equestrianism, as well as being a loyal friend and passionate supporter of the RAU. 

“A former Governor, he was also instrumental in bringing equestrian courses to the University.  Last year, we were proud to award Mike an Honorary Fellowship in recognition of his contribution to British Equestrianism, agriculture and the RAU.

“Mike will be hugely missed by the RAU community and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Mike graduated from the RAU in 1964, with a National Diploma in Agriculture. He had served on the Board of Governors and was also Chairman of the Advisory Council for the Centre of Equine Management and Science.

After competing in top international events in the UK and abroad, Mike started public commentary in 1969.

He made his first equestrian television appearance for the BBC in 1977, and has since covered championships all over the world. Mike had recently retired from TV work after 40 years. He died suddenly at the age of 73.

A Service of Thanksgiving will be held to celebrate the life of Mike Tucker at the Parish Church of St John The Baptist, Cirencester, on Tuesday 10th April at 3pm which the family welcomes everyone to attend.

No flowers please. Donations if desired in memory of Mike for Great Western Air Ambulance, Retraining of Racehorses and the MS Society.