It was with great sadness that the driving world heard the news of Peter?s death on 7th September. He was a larger-than-life figure and a tough all round horseman of the old school, having served his time with his East End job master father. Schooling, breaking, hunting, show jumping, stunt man, filming, showing, horse driving trials and coaching ? he accomplished them all ? and his coaching success is legendary.
His real name was George Royston Munt but was always known as Peter. He was a neighbour and I kept a cob with him for several years and despite his tough exterior he was always very kind to us and gave us a lot of help.
Many interesting characters were frequent visitors and of course we had the wonderful facilities of Windsor Great Park, not to forget the very good parties. He never tired of taking his team out on daily exercise but he was also a great showman. He told some very good stories, many of them from the film world ? though I noticed they grew hairs with the telling and were probably only suited to selected audiences. His last film was Mrs Brown in 1997 with Billy Connolly, who was also a neighbour and they had a lot of fun together.
He represented Great Britain many times internationally in the eighties in Horse Driving trials, along with Prince Philip, George Bowman and Alwyn Holder. As the sport developed there was no shortage of politics about selection, the rules etc. and he used to say ?you wouldn?t think we did this for fun would you ??
Latterly, he coped with ill health and the sad death of his wife, Anne with his customary good humour and strength of character and with great support from his children, Shirley, Tony and Roy, although another daughter pre-deceased him some years ago. He leaves a great gap in the driving world but will be remembered with great respect and affection.
The Carriage Driving Magazine published an article about Peter in May 2008, when he retired from competitive driving. With their kind permission, we reproduce it here - Carriage Driving Magazine article.
A Memorial Service for Peter will be held on Friday 7th October at 2pm at Kingston Maurward College, Dorchester, Dorset DT2 8PY.