A COUPLE who share a love of horses are celebrating 60 years of marriage.

Edward and Susan Hide were married on January 6, 1961, in Filey, after first meeting on a skiing holiday.

Susan, 82, said: “We met up again while I was walking my dog on Filey beach and later married in the town on a gorgeous January day with a beautiful blue sky.”

Their wedding went ahead in the new year to fit in Edward’s job.

The 83-year-old, also known as Eddie, is a multiple classic winning jockey, riding more than 2,600 winners, including the 1973 Derby and two St Legers. He remains the ninth most successful British jockey over 30 years after his retirement.

Following their marriage, the couple moved to Malton, where Edward worked for a number of local trainers, including the Elsey family based at Highfield.

They went on to have two children, Will and Lizzie, and following Edward’s retirement from racing at the age of 49 moved to Huttons Ambo.

The couple bred horses, including the winners of about 80 races, along with show ponies, while Susan also took up judging, the role taking her all over the world, as well as closer to home.

“I judged at The Royal Melbourne Show and Olympia Horse Show, as well as those closer to home, including the Yorkshire Show, Ryedale Show and Farndale Show, which were so enjoyable,” Susan said.

The couple now live in Barton-le-Street, and due to Covid-19 restrictions are unable to celebrate their diamond wedding anniversary with a planned family meal.

Susan said: “The past 60 years have certainly gone quickly.

“I think it has helped that we both have our own interests, Edward played golf and tennis and I had my ponies and showing which kept us both busy, as well as giving us something to talk about.

“We’ve always been a very supportive family and Will and Lizzie have always been very helpful and looked after us, but above all I’ve always let Edward have control of the television remote control.”