Popular Florida equestrian ringmaster Cliff Haines has died at the age of 64.
Haines had the esteemed job of presenting ribbons and winning trophies and coolers to all of the horse show champions and top competitors in Wellington, and was the official ringmaster of the FTI Consulting Winter Equestrian Festival (FTI WEF).
In 2012, he won the Ramblewood Trophy, given to the person who makes an outstanding contribution during the FTI WEF season. Dressed in his eye-catching red coat, breeches, tall boots and gray top hat, Haines was a staple at the in-gate of the International Arena at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center. He brightened everyone’s day with his constant smile, warm laugh and friendly words of encouragement.
In his honor, Equestrian Sport Productions will place a plaque and dedicate the International Arena in-gate area in his name. ESP will also be making a donation to the Canadian Mental Health Association in his memory.
“Cliff was a great friend to everyone at the horse show and we will truly miss him,” said Equestrian Sport Productions’ CEO Mark Bellissimo. “We will always remember Cliff’s smiling face, everlasting enthusiasm, and gracious character. The show will not be the same without him.”
Clifford Blain Haines was born on December 17, 1949, and died on October 13, 2013. He is survived by his partner, Amanda Olsen, children Travis and Justyna Haines, and grandchildren Sawyer and Serena.
A Memorial Service for Cliff will be held at the M. Box and Son Funeral Home, 183 Broad Street in Parkhill, Ontario, Canada, on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 4pm.