Dr Peter Whitehead was recognised for his outstanding contribution to equestrianism at this year’s BHS Royal International Horse Show. The Queen’s Award was presented to Dr Peter Whitehead by the High Sheriff of West Sussex, Mrs Caroline Nicholls as representative of the Queen, and Lynn Petersen Chief Executive of The British Horse Society.
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Dr Peter Whitehead is among equestrianism’s most authoritative voices on sports medicine and is respected worldwide through his work and is constantly striving for better education and awareness.
Highlights from Dr Peter Whitehead’s career include being the Venue Medical Manager at Greenwich Park for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games, responsible for the set-up of medical services and administration of a large site with many medical staff responsible for the care of up to 70,000 spectators.
Over the last few years, Dr Peter Whitehead has been leading much of the research work of the FEI into concussion, which will have a significant positive effect on the future of equestrian sport.
Nominations for this Award are invited from all the Member Bodies of the British Equestrian Federation, the Army, the British Equine Veterinary Association and the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association. (The larger Member Bodies of the BEF are British Dressage, British Showjumping, British Eventing and The Pony Club.) This year’s winner has been nominated jointly by the Olympic Disciplines and BEF / World Class.
The British Horse Society, British Eventing, British Show Jumping and British Dressage together with the British Equestrian Federation and World Class wholeheartedly congratulate Dr Peter Whitehead on winning the 2018 Queens Award in Equestrianism.
Past recipients include HRH The Princess Royal, Carl Hester MBE and Yogi Breisner MBE.