The British Horse Society (BHS) welcomed some of our brightest equestrian stars into its Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the Household Cavalry's Knightsbridge barracks on Wednesday 12 December.
The BHS Hall of Fame celebrates the heroes and heroines — human and equine — of the equestrian world. Each year a number of Britain’s most talented horses and riders are honoured and, following the outstanding success of our teams during the Games, this year’s recipients were among the largest intake since the Hall of Fame was launched in 2005.
Showjumping Team Gold medallist Ben Maher, Team and Individual Dressage Olympic Champion Charlotte Dujardin and the golden girl of the Paralympics, three times Gold medallist Sophie Christiansen, were amongst the names chosen to join the prestigious roll of honour this year. They were joined by one of the equine heroes from the Games, Mistral Horjis, who won Team Gold and Individual Bronze in Dressage with his rider Laura Bechtolsheimer.
Two shining lights from yesteryear were also recognised – Vin Toulson, a gifted horseman and one of the greats from the world of showing, and Pretty Polly, a prolific show pony from the 1950s.
This year’s stars join Lucinda Green, Carl Hester, Nick Skelton, Sefton, Milton and Over to You in the list of equestrian greats.
The selections are made by a panel comprising existing laureates which this year is chaired by BHS Chief Executive Lynn Petersen and comprises Liz Edgar, Mary Gordon-Watson, Carl Hester, Lucinda Green and Horse and Hound Editor Lucy Higginson.
Members of the public may 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.
Read more about the current members of our Hall of Fame.
Pictured: Sophie Christiansen MBE, Charlotte Dujardin and Ben Maher with their plaques at the Household Cavalry's Knightsbridge barracks.