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The Passing of Jo Knowles

16 Sept 2016


The British Horse Society was saddened to hear of the recent passing of Josephine Knowles FBHS.

Riding since she was two years old, Jo, as she was popularly known, was the sixth person to become a Fellow, passing the exam in November 1954. In 1973, with the formation of The Fellows Association, Jo rode at the first Fellows' riding course at Stoneleigh.

Always keen to pass on her knowledge of good horsemanship, Jo established herself as a well-respected author on riding, particularly for her books Teaching Riding and The ABC of Breaking and Schooling Horses.

Jo was made an honorary lifetime member of the BHS in 2012.

In addition to riding, Jo was a passionate and talented artist with a special interest in sculpture. She created the Pat Smallwood trophy, which she presented to Eric Smiley FBHS in January 2015.

Jo will be greatly missed, and fondly remembered for her outstanding contribution to The British Horse Society and the equestrian community.

Jo Knowles

Jo presenting the Pat Smallwood trophy to Eric Smiley

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