Outstanding contributions in the field of equestrian safety were recognised at The British Horse Society’s Sefton Awards, held at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment's Barracks, London, on 3 October.
The awards were set up by the Society in 1984 as a legacy to Sefton, the Household Cavalry horse who survived the IRA bombings in London in 1982. Sefton was 19 years old at the time of the bombings. He underwent eight hours of surgery and became a household name.
This year there were two recipients of the honour, Mary Lloyd and Stuart Jackson. Following a number of incidents involving horses and vehicles near her home, Mary felt compelled to raise awareness among drivers of the need to take care around horses. She has worked tirelessly in her local community ever since, distributing advice literature, talking to drivers, and even successfully erecting a roadside billboard which is seen by huge numbers of drivers on a daily basis.
Stuart Jackson, Chairman of Tyresafe, is an invaluable source of information for equestrians transporting their horses. His enthusiasm for the subject has ensured that tyres play an appropriate part in the BHS transport training programme, with the introduction of measures such as unlimited free specialist literature on horsebox and trailer tyres, a simple ‘20p’ tread test to check legal compliance, and the production of the simple ‘energy efficiency’ symbol that assists drivers in choosing the correct tyre for their vehicle.
On receiving his award Stuart said: “I am immensely appreciative and very honoured to have been chosen to receive this award. Road safety is something that we have to be conscious of and unfortunately something we have to work on, but I am happy to do it and do what I do each day with a smile on my face. This award really is a huge recognition for something that I am more than happy to be committed to do.”
Mrs Mary Lloyd
Mary Lloyd was so upset by the number of incidents involving horses and vehicles near her home that she felt compelled to take action. Determined to raise awareness amongst drivers of the need to take care around horses, Mary contacted the BHS Safety team to share her idea to erect a roadside billboard.
Undeterred by planning regulations, problems with artwork for the 6ft x 4ft billboard and finding an appropriate roadside location, Mary forged ahead. She paid for the artwork conversion and printing costs herself, and enlisted the help of a farmer who erected the sign in an excellent spot, ensuring it was seen by a huge number of drivers on a daily basis.
Not content with this success, Mary’s pro-active work continues. She is regularly seen distributing BHS road safety literature, talking to drivers and promoting the dedicated BHS safety website, horseaccidents.org.uk, at farmers’ markets, veterinary practices, driving schools, agricultural shows and country events.
Mary’s tenacity and determination to take a new initiative forward and support it, makes her a worthy recipient of this Sefton Award.
Mr Stuart Jackson
Transport plays a huge part in equestrian life and few vehicles travel far without tyres. Stuart Jackson, Chairman of Tyresafe, has spent most of his working life in the automotive industry and the information that he has been able to supply on tyre safety has been invaluable to equestrian drivers.
Stuart’s enthusiasm for the subject motivated the BHS Safety team to ensure that tyres played an appropriate part in their transport training programme through unlimited free provision of specialist literature on horsebox and trailer tyres, the dangers of using part-worn tyres accompanied by a DVD illustrating perfectly the issues, a simple ‘20p’ tread test to check legal compliance, and production of the simple ‘energy efficiency’ symbol that assists drivers in choosing the correct tyre for their vehicle.
Through Stuart Jackson, those attending BHS Equestrian Transport Training Days have found a new interest in an essential commodity and have left the training days fully equipped to travel in safety.