Aintree Mourns the death of their Chairman Rose Paterson
Aintree Racecourse is widely known to not on its host country but other countries around the world as one of Great Britain’s most prestigious racecourses, playing host to amazing races through many months of the year and of course the annual spectacle that us The Grand National.
Needles to say this venue cannot just simply self-sustain, is requires a collective group of passionate individuals with the beneficial and relevant resources. Rose Paterson, the chairman of Aintree Racecourse was one of those individuals and will be greatly missed following her untimely death back in June of this year.
Born Rose Emily Ridley, Rose was born in Northumberland on the 13th of August 1956 and resided in Seaton Burn (some 180 miles away from Aintree where she’d become chairman) near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and studied at Westfield School in the aforementioned city. Post-graduation from Westfield and West Heath school in Sevenoaks she took a gap year from education and then resumed with history at New Hall in Cambridge and even travelled abroad to learn in Venice for a year.
Off to Shropshire
For work, Rose originally worked in a Sotheby auction house providing valuations on artwork that the house played host to prior to being sold, although she followed her heart for her next role when husband Owen Paterson was elected to be the Member of Parliament for Conservative party for North Shropshire in 1997 and became his personal assistant and office manager. They had married in 1980 and over the course of time had 3 children named Ned, Felix and Evie and were all housed in Shellbrook Hall situated in Ellesmere, Shropshire.
In 2005 Rose had just become a racecourse committee director and continued to dedicate her hard work to the racing world until finally it was appreciated in 2014 when she was appointed the chairman of Aintree Racecourse and accepted the full-time role resulting in stepping down from her role with her husband who had also been appointed secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Rose’s 2014 appointment of this position made her the record holder of the Jockey Club Racecourses’ first female chairman, a substantial accomplishment in any industry, she succeeded Peter Greenall, 4th Baron Daresbury. She was further decorated by the Jockey Club, (owners of Aintree) when she was made a member of the board in 2019
Rose was reported missing on the evening 23rd of June at 8pm by former cabinet minister husband Owen after having not been seen or heard from since 10pm the previous evening. She was found in the early hours of June 24th on the family’s Ellesmere estate near Wrexham. The final determination of her death was at 3.20am on that 24th of June and the conditions of her death were finalised as unexplained but also unsuspicious. It was also later found that Rose was tested positive for contracting the Coronavirus or COVID19 as reported within The Telegraph, she died at the age of 63
Rose dedicated a considerable amount of time and effort into Aintree Racecourse and the world of UK Horseracing totalling some 15 years in an authoritative position in which she has utilised her skillset and resources to better the club in which she played a part in and the racecourse in which she chaired and will be sorely missed by the individuals at the Jockey Club, the employees of Aintree racecourse and the thousands upon thousands of spectators and horse racing fanatics making The Grand National so special.
Even though we’re baseball fans horse racing has a place in our heart and we know that Rose will be sorely missed by the racing community.