BHS Scotland presented various awards at the BHS 70th Anniversary Dinner at Airth Castle on the 3 November:
Most Popular Instructor Award
The 2018 winner is Jane Gilchrist. Particular reference is made to her help over on the Western Isles and it is great seeing the Western Isles being represented this evening. Jane goes above and beyond each time she is over and has really improved riding, from lead rein to advanced riders, and horsemanship levels. Jane is also accommodating when dates require to be moved due to weather conditions.
This is presented to the BHS Scotland Equine Personality of the Year. This year this trophy is being awarded to Police Scotland Mounted Branch for the police horses (Lewis, Harris and Stewarton) involved in Operation ‘Lose the Blinkers.’ This award shall be formally presented at the CPD Day with Adam Kemp FBHS on the 19 November 2018 at Ingliston.
Most Improved BHS Scotland Committee
The most improved BHS Scotland committee was a new award introduced last year, which was awarded to BHS Fife. This award does not solely relate to the growth of membership in a region.
This years winning committee has improved significantly during the year, with a much larger and stronger committee, more frequent and productive committee meetings, increased social media and more activity in terms of events etc. This committee has recently organised a very successful event at RDA Sandyflats last month attracting nearly 200 people.
The 2018 Most Improved BHS Scotland Committee goes to BHS Strathclyde.
This award shall formally be presented at the BHS Scotland Committee Meeting on the 10 December 2018.
The BHS cannot operate without all our valuable volunteers.
This person is an active volunteer for BHS Scotland, rather than a committee volunteer and is always willing to get involved. This person is always willing to help at events and this year has helped at various events including the ROUK Ride at Culzean, the Sponsored Ride at Balmoral, helped at each day of Blair Atholl Horse Trials, the racing day at Lucinda Russell’s yard, BHS Scotland camp and at the Saddle Up Riding Club Championships at Auchlishie.
The 2018 Volunteer Award goes to Eleanor Pottinger.
Liz Rennie Award for 45 Years of Excellence at Lomondside Stud & Equestrian Centre
For 45 years Liz and Pat Rennie have run the Lomondside Stud and Equestrian Centre as a superb breeding centre of New Forest Ponies and quality hunters from their Thoroughbred stallions, together with a livery yard and riding centre. For most of these years their centre was BHS approved and the Rennies worked as BHS senior assessors supporting the Society in Scotland almost from its inception, promoting good horse care and equitation, and teaching countless children, along with serious exam students, many of whom are instructors today.