I am sad to report that Dr. Peter Bedding passed away on Christmas Day, 2010.
Peter Michael John Bedding, PhD, was the original developer of the SUCCEED® formula and an integral part of our business. He was a world-renowned biochemist and equine nutritionist, living in Devon, England. He also happened to be my friend.
In his career, Peter worked for some of the top pharmaceutical companies and later consulted with many equine feed companies. Perhaps the best way of allowing everyone to appreciate Peter’s immense knowledge is to tell our story.
I was privileged to meet him shortly after I started back with horses in 2000. While I hadn’t been around a horse for 35+ years, I did grow up with them in a little English village. I assumed that all the changes I saw were for the better, yet Peter explained patiently that “convenience feeds” and modern husbandry were not necessarily best for the horse.
Eventually, this led to SUCCEED®. Following Peter’s direction, we changed our feeding practices at my own farm, back to methods employed 100 years ago. I showed these approaches to others who also achieved great results, but they all said “too much work, too complicated!”
Meanwhile, our vet, Frank Pellegrini, DVM, had started his groundbreaking work on the discovery of colonic ulceration in horses. I asked Peter if he could provide “Dr. Green in a bottle”: some concoction that would be all-natural, that would allow a horse to digest naturally even though we feed and keep them very unnaturally for the most part. My hope was for a simple additive that would hopefully allow the horse to avoid both gastric and colonic ulceration, and eventually colic.
Peter laughed at my idea. He said, “There isn’t a silver bullet, but I’ve been patiently developing my ideas for 20 years, making mistakes along the way, and I think I’m close. I’m about to run a new trial so let’s talk in 6 months.” So, after the trial, Frank and I traveled to England to meet Peter, and soon SUCCEED® was borne.
We have all learned so much from and about Peter in the past 10 years. He was known world-wide in his field, yet he remained modest and self-deprecating. He was quite remarkable in his knowledge of horses and especially their biochemistry. He was far more concerned about doing the best by the horse than about receiving any personal accolades. He could take amazingly complex issues of digestion and reproduction and reduce them to manageable challenges with simple, gentle solutions that really work. He could talk easily and lucidly with the most senior equine gastroenterologists in the world and then turn around and help a family with their daughter’s pony, all for the love of the horse.
From all of us at Freedom Health, we offer our sympathies to Peter’s family, and our profound thanks to Peter for his contribution to our business, for his friendship, and for the education he provided to me along the way. All of these are immeasurable and leave us forever in his debt.
Peter will be greatly missed by all and especially his widow, Silva. But he will live on in SUCCEED®.
President, Freedom Health, LLC
January 11, 2011
3 Responses to “In Memoriam: Peter M. J. Bedding, PhD”
Thank you John for letting the world know what a fantastic, and lovely man my father was! He gave me so much! He was a wonderful dad, who always was there for me. I will miss him for the rest of my life! I will miss his wise words, his laughter, his grumpyness. I will miss everything about him. But I know he is watching over all of us. And he will let us know when we do wrong thats for sure!!!…My lovely father….
I had the privledge off calling Peter one off my close friends, and still camnnot believe he has gone, he was indeed a very special person, with a great passion for his work and the welfare off breeding here in the U.K.
His legacy will live on With Relevant and Constancia Stud as well as Succeed.
I dont know why it happened but the Succeed website just appeared on my desktop and my eyes went immediatly to this tribute to Peter. What a lovely human; someone who would restore one’s faith in humanity and what a brilliant intuitive scientist!I had the honour of working with Peter on a project which never came to fruition, mostly as a result of my failings but I count myself blessed to have known him. He will be sorely missed by all he touched.