With our site undergoing maintenance we haven’t had a chance until now to pay tribute to our good friend and colleague, Terry Lowe, the veteran Met-winning trainer and breeder who passed away on 30 June.
The top-class horseman, until late last year a consultant to Heversham Park who worked with our stallions and young horses on the farm, was diagnosed with brain cancer in December 2021.
Terry was one the youngest Stipendiary Steward to be appointed in Natal between 1975 and 1979 and then trained and bred successfully until 2018. His successes included multiple Gr1’s, Champion 2yo’s, 3yo’s and older horses, with some big names including Lord Shirldor, Dominof, Lady Of Habits, Snowdonia, Royal Mariner and Ethnic Beauty.
He was crowned Highveld Champion Trainer in 1993, runner-up in 1994 and enjoyed a short and successful spell with his top runners in California. He also trained the 2002 J&B Met winner, Polo Classic.
Terry tried to remain in high spirits through his ordeal, told some colourful stories from his past and refused to bemoan his fate. He dearly wanted his memoirs captured, but his illness prevented that.
He will be remembered for his honesty, friendship, a dry and sometimes cynical sense of humour, knowledge of the industry, shrewd horsemanship and willingness to assist his fellow-horsemen, and will be sorely missed for that and other aspects of his pleasant personality. He was a mensch.
Terry is survived by his daughters Jean and Mishka, and his wife, Dr Adele Frisby.
Our condolences are extended to his family and friends.