John Charles Window – Obituary

Posted on 16th June 2023

John Charles Window


A loving Father, Grandfather and friend, passed away peacefully on Wednesday 3rd May, surrounded by family, aged 82.

Born on 30th December 1940 in Didcot, Oxfordshire, John co-founded Mount Mascal Stables in 1966 with his then wife, Pamela Window.

He went on to create the largest riding school and livery yard in the South-East which only last year won the coveted SEIB award for the best largest riding school in the UK.

John became a highly respected figure within the equestrian and local community, admired for his traditional common-sense approach to equestrianism.

For 50 years he was responsible for introducing the sport to countless people and their families.
Many childhood dreams of horse ownership started at Mount Mascal and numerous current horse owners have wonderful memories going back decades.

As well as the Riding School and Livery yard, he also leaves a legacy for other livery yards owners. In 2001 he won the tribunal against HMRC, resulting in certain livery services being exempt from VAT. This set a precedence for the industry going forward.

During his years living in Biddenden, Kent, he and his wife became prominent figures in the world of point-to-pointing and the Ashford Valley Hunt; many good memories and firm friendships were made.

John enjoyed life to the full and left an unforgettable impression on everyone he met. It is hard to not meet someone in the Kent equestrian scene who hasn’t heard of John Window or Mount Mascal Stables, a testament to the great man and huge personality.

He was in the truest sense a legend and his passing marks the end of an era.

John’s daughter, Alison will continue to run and manage the business.
Long may his legacy continue for the sport and its future.

He is survived by partner Pam, two children Fiona and Alison (Bash), and five grandchildren.
We are all incredibly sad, he will be forever loved and remembered in our hearts.

In John’s memory the family invite donations to the following charities,
see the online links below, we will also be collecting for the Hospice on the day.

Injured Jockey Fund
Greenwich & Bexley Hospice

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