Leading the way in front of the hearse was Richards's former stable jockey Ron Barry on the grey Better Times Ahead, a multiple winner for the yard.
John Budden, the broadcaster, told the congregation that Richards was a man who loved his horses and whose horses did him proud. "He insisted that the job be done his way and would never be compromised. However, he was a man who worked harder than anyone to achieve these aims."
After the service, fellow trainer Kim Bailey, who arrived by helicopter with David Nicholson and Oliver Sherwood, said: "Gordon will be sorely missed - he was hugely respected."
They were joined by many jockeys, including Richard Dunwoody, and trainers, including Toby Balding, Howard Johnson, Ginger McCain, Peter Beaumont, Mary Reveley, Jack Berry and Jimmy FitzGerald.