Eventing course designer Tremaine Cooper died in an accident near his home in Bluemont, Virginia, on March 13. He was 52.
Cooper was an athlete, course designer, builder, father, husband, friend and so much more, and his quiet, thoughtful approach resulted in tremendous advancements for the sport of eventing in all areas, but especially in the safety and design of cross-country courses.
Cooper grew up on a farm in Bethany, Connecticut, and started riding when he was 5. He was a graduate “A” Pony Clubber and started eventing in 1984, competing through the advanced level. At an early age, Cooper began helping out with the cross-country courses at the Pony Club rallies at his parents’ farm.