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Equestrian heroes celebrated at prestigious awards

24 Dec 2015

Equestrian heroes celebrated at prestigious awards

Annual Awards Group photo

The British Horse Society recognised outstanding equestrian achievements at its annual awards Friday 27 November at Saddlers Hall, London.The Society presents awards to individuals, groups or organisations that have made significant contributions within the Society and beyond, into the wider equestrian community.

Among the recipients this year were people who have gone above and beyond to help horses in need, those that have spent hours teaching young people equestrian skills and those who have dedicated land for bridleways. 

Former editor of Horse & Hound, Lucy Higginson, was awarded The Elywn Hartley-Edwards Award, which is given to a writer, broadcaster or publication whose work has been particularly beneficial to the wellbeing of the horse.

Lucy became the first female editor of Horse & Hound in 2002. Speaking on the day of the awards she said: “It’s lovely to be recognised when good work is done by teams of people. I accept this with thanks on behalf of the many great people I have worked with over the years.”

The President’s Award went to Joanna MacInnes, for her work for the BHS North England committee. She said: “It feels totally mind blowing. I can’t believe it’s not somebody more deserving of it than I.”

“I have always believed in the whole ethos of the BHS. Everything I believe the BHS does for safety, getting horses of the roads through access or welfare are all things that are really good and essential for horses.”

Sue Coombe-Tennant has dedicated 30 years of service to The British Horse Society. After receiving her award she said: “It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years. It’s been really good fun and I think it has been a nice way of giving back something for the fun I have had with horses. I have met great people and have done some really brilliant stuff over the years.”

RAF Shawbury were presented with the Tarquin Award, for making a significant contribution to equestrian safety. Squadron Leader Kim Leach was thrilled: “I just want to say a big thank you to the riding community in Shropshire who have really got behind us. This is just the start of a big campaign that will last for several years, hopefully we will carry on building those relationships and everyone will benefit.”

The British Horse Society Annual Awards bring together a group of people who are all dedicated and passionate about one thing and have given years of their time to improve the lives of the people and horses around them. They truly deserve to have been given the honour of receiving one of these prestigious awards.

BHS Annual Award Winners 2015

Award of Merit
Jocelyn Jenkins (from 2013)
Sue Kilby
Lois Eyre

Access Award
Daphne Cliffe 
Telford and Wrekin Council & Telford Bridleways Association
Trans Pennine Trail

Approvals Award
Wormwood Scrubs Pony Centre

The Lady Elizabeth Kirk Award
Ernest Kong

The Bodynfoel Award
Phil Wadey
Sarah Bucks

The Elwyn Hartley-Edwards Award
Lucy Higginson

Fundraising Award
Clackmannanshire Riders Access Group

Leo Harris Award
Tony and Sheila South

Riding Club of the Year
Sevenoaks Riding Club

BRC Volunteer of the Year
Carolyn Luckham

Tarquin Trophy
RAF Shawbury

Instructor of the Year
Rossie Theobald BHSI
Wayne Hamilton BHSAI INT.T

Welfare Award
Grace Muir, HEROS
Tony Evans, World Horse Welfare
Steven Gale, Stockton Borough Council

President's Award
Jo MacInnes

Chairman's Commendation
Ayr Riding Club

Helen Barton-Smith Silver Stirrup Award
Danny Anholt FBHS, Millfield Equestrian Centre

Volunteer of the Year
Charlie Usher, BHS Somerset

Equine Personality of the Year
Sonny, The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy

Long Service Awards

25 Years
Judy Trethowan BHSI
Chris Walton
Peter Hern
Barbara Wilson
Alison Brown
Ruth Such

30 Years
Jeni Gilbert
Sue Coombe-Tennant

40 Years
Peter Natt

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