In 2005 BHS Scotland was donated a trophy to be presented to the riding instructor who is voted the most popular by their pupils.
The Farney Grange Trophy is a valuable bespoke piece of artwork, which anyone would be delighted to have on his or her mantelpiece for a year, and the winner will be chosen purely by popular vote.
To nominate your favourite riding instructor, who must be an Accredited Professional Coach, you are simply asked to send their name and a short statement (no more than 50 words) describing why your instructor is the best. Previous winners cannot be nominated a second time.
This is a great opportunity for those instructors who are out teaching their pupils in all weathers in all types of schools. It's not just for the upper echelons, but for the grass roots instructors where most of the BHS and Riding Club members and their horses get their education.
The instructor with the most votes wins. BHS Scotland Chairman, Derek Knottenbelt said: "This trophy will recognise instructors who are kind, enthusiastic and inspiring and also those who pass on wisdom and produce results, anyone winning the Farney Grange Trophy will indeed be honoured and BHS Scotland is pleased to be able to administer such a positive prize that recognises excellence."
Nominations for the 2017 winner should be sent to: BHS Scotland, Woodburn, Crieff, Perthshire PH7 3RG - For the Attention of The Chairman - and should be received by the 1st December 2017.
The award will be formally presented at the BHS Scotland AGM 2017.
2005 – Yvonne Macfarlane BHSI (Falkirk)
2006 – Hamish Cameron BHSII (Angus)
2007 – Jean Stephen BHSI (Aberdeenshire)
2008 – Linda Lucey BHSAI (Central)
2009 – Shonagh Steven
2010 – David Gatherer
2011 – Sue Hendry
2012 – Sandra Morrison
2013 – not awarded
2014 - Shelagh Steven
2015 - Heather McLennan
2016 - Gillian Elliot