(53) Michael John Copinger
Born at The Red House, Roe Green, Kingsbury, N.W.9. the only son of Charles Edward de Roscoff Copinger and his wife Dorothy on 30th April 1921, Michael had two elder sisters, Monica Mary and Priscilla Joan. He was educated at The Hall, Cheshunt, and at Haileybury where he missed a year's schooling due to serious illness.
In 1939, by examination, Michael obtained the Instructors Certificate of the Institute of the Horse (now the British Horse Society) in "Equitation, Training the Young Horse, and Stable Management." He insisted this was the only exam he could ever pass because it was the only subject that interested him.
Due to his earlier serious illness he was unfit for service during the second world war but spent three years in the Home Guard. He was employed in what he considered a boring job in the brewing industry and spent all his money on horses and fox hunting.
Following his retirement in 1976 he insisted that, "since then I have done nothing and am very happy doing it."
He died in East Sheen in 1994.
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