The British Horse Society (BHS) welcomed Dressage superstar Laura Bechtolsheimer as the latest laureate to be inducted into its Equestrian Hall of Fame in a ceremony held today (Thursday 10 November) at the Household Cavalry's Knightsbridge Barracks.
The British Horse Society Equestrian Hall of Fame celebrates the heroes and heroines — human and equine — of the equestrian world. It was launched in July 2005 with 20 great equestrians and 16 remarkable horses honoured. Since then a number of Britain’s best riders and drivers, breeders, trainers and coaches have been inducted annually and there are now 42 horsemen and 25 horses in the Hall of Fame.
Laura joins the likes of Anneli Drummond-Hay, Jennie Loriston-Clarke, Malcolm Pyrah, Sefton, Milton and Over to You in the list of human and equine greats. Past inductees, eventer Mary Gordon-Watson and showjumper Marion Mould, also attended the ceremony to receive their certificates and that for Stroller, Marion’s legendary pony who was inducted in 2005.
Speaking after the ceremony Laura said: “It's a great honour to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, especially when I was able to see the plaques of all the other laureates and the other members of the Hall of Fame who received their certificates today. I feel a little bit humbled!
"It's been a terrific experience to see behind the scenes at the Household Cavalry and find out how it all runs smoothly, with all its traditions, it's been great."
The selections are made by a panel comprising existing laureates which this year is chaired by BHS Chairman Dr Phil Wadey and comprises Liz Edgar, Robert Oliver, Carl Hester, Lucinda Green and Horse and Hound Editor Lucy Higginson.
Members of the public can cast their votes to nominate equestrians and horses as laureates in the BHS Equestrian Hall of Fame. Suggestions should be emailed to HallofFame@bhs.org.uk