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Equestrian heroes honoured with British Horse Society Awards

11 Nov 2014



The 2014 BHS Awards recipients at Saddlers' Hall

Outstanding contributions to the equestrian world were recognised at The British Horse Society’s annual award ceremony held at Saddlers' Hall, London, on Friday 7 November.

Among the winners were those who have gone to extraordinary lengths to help horses in need, dedicated miles of new equestrian routes and helped countless young people to achieve their dreams of a career with horses.

The charity also presented a record number of long service awards for those people who have dedicated many years to helping the BHS improve the lives of the UK’s horses and riders. Added together, the service given by these remarkable volunteers totals a staggering 645 years!

When Helen Manns, a figure who has touched many lives in the horse world, went forward to collect her award for 60 years of service the audience took to their feet to give her a standing ovation.

“It was very humbling to be shown such respect by so many people from so many different walks of life,” she said.

“It certainly doesn’t feel like 60 years! I was so grateful for the time people gave to help me when I was a youngster that I wanted to give something back.

!There is something very special about volunteering. When something is a labour of love, you truly put your heart into it and the returns are immeasurable.”

Mike Tucker, known to many as the voice of equestrian sport, has compèred the BHS ceremony for a number of years. He believes that it is the loyalty shown by the recipients that sets these awards apart: “What comes out of these awards for me is the huge loyalty to the Society plus the number of years that people are prepared to give – 60 years in the case of Helen Manns!

"There is obviously a huge camaraderie and great enjoyment amongst volunteers, a great tribute to the BHS.”

The awards were once again presented by the President of The British Horse Society, Martin Clunes.

“This is what I love about the BHS – the fact that people who are passionate about horses are not just talking about what needs to be done, but getting out there and doing it,” Martin said.

Lynn Petersen, Chief Executive of The British Horse Society, added: “This is, without doubt, one of my favourite days of the year. To be able to recognise the incredible achievements of our wonderful volunteers is a gift we all enjoy.”

Some well-known organisations were also recognised, with Horse & Country TV receiving the Elwyn Hartley-Edwards Award for the writer, broadcaster or publication whose work has been particularly beneficial to the wellbeing of the horse.

Heather Killen, Chief Executive of H&C TV said: "People can't care about what they can't see. H&C TV's mission is to make the equestrian world more visible in our media, in the same way the BHS aims to make horses more visible on our roads and bridleways.

"We are deeply gratified by the Society's recognition that our work contributes to the wellbeing of the sector."

NFU Mutual Insurance Ltd received the Tarquin Trophy – awarded to the organisation, business or business associate which has made a significant contribution to equestrian safety – for their work with the BHS to ensure that horses are transported safely.

Nicki Whittaker, Equine Specialist at NFU Mutual, said: “NFU Mutual is honoured to be awarded the Tarquin Trophy.

"Working with such a respected equine charity really helps us both to communicate the important messages that we need to get across about the safety of horses and riders and we look forward to working with The British Horse Society for many years to come.”

The 2014 Winners

Excellent Service by a Public Agency in Furtherance of Enhanced Equestrian Access
Merseyside Police

The Access Award for the local Authority most active in opening up equestrian routes
Dorset County Council

The Lady Elizabeth Kirk Award, for the best voluntary dedication of a bridleway
Hertfordshire County Council

The Bodynfoel Award, for excellent service in promoting the work of the Society
David Buckton

The Exceptional Achievement Award
Fiona Stuart

The Elwyn Hartley-Edwards Award, for a writer, broadcaster or publication whose work has been particularly beneficial to the wellbeing of the horse
Horse & Country TV

The Fundraising Award
Ruth Dodd and Andrea Jones

The Leo Harris Award presented by British Riding Clubs for services to affiliated Riding Clubs and Area Liaison
Rosemary Batten

The British Riding Clubs Award of Merit
Roger Batten

The 2014 Riding Club of the Year Award
East Yorkshire Riding Club

The BRC Volunteer of the Year Award, for the person who has dedicated their time and expertise at both local and national level
Les Hubbard

BRC Chairman Emeritus
Peter Buist

The Excellent Service Award, for a person, persons, or group in the cause of road safety in their community
North West Yorkshire County Committee

The Tarquin Trophy, for the organisation, business or business associate which has made a significant contribution to equestrian safety
NFU Mutual Insurance Ltd

The Trainers Award
Carole Broad FBHS

The Outstanding Dedication to Equine Welfare Award
Jeff Herrington

Extraordinary Assistance by Others to Equine Welfare
Constable Jill Bruce and Constable Caron Glasgow from the Armagh Police Service

Excellent Service in the Cause of Equine Welfare Award
Claire Robinson

BHS Award of Merit
Alison Brown
Jeanne Hyett
Arthur Stevens
Sue Gourlay
BHS President’s Award
Lady Elizabeth Akenhead

The Long Service to The British Horse Society Awards
Jo Batty-Smith BHSI
Liz Harding
Avril Sleeman
Dr Phil Wadey
Chris Walton

30 years’ service
Catriona Cook MBE
Marlene Curtis
Sharon Gourley
Janet Hinder BHSII
Philippa Kemp-Welch BHSII
Jean Lywood BHSII
Janet Miller
Linda Wiggins
Liz Wright

35 years' service
Cherry Elvin BHSI
Jane Hemingway BHSAI

40 years’ service
John Featherstone
Harry Greenway
Jeanne Hyett

60 years’ service
Helen Manns

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