The National Heritage Centre is sad to announce that John Powney, a former stalwart of the National Horse Racing Museum, died at home on Wednesday 22nd February. John (87) was a highly regarded and popular member of staff who worked for 15 years at the museum in the practical gallery where he enjoyed passing on his depth of knowledge to both young and old.
During a long career in racing John was a jockey, trainer (most notably a private trainer to David Robinson in the early 1970's), along with spells as a stud manager and part-time clerk of the scales. He also trained at Saville House in Newmarket, where his father Hugh had trained Sandsprite to finish 2nd in the 1937 Derby.
John's funeral will be held at St Agnes's Church, Newmarket on Monday 6th March at 12.30pm