The British Horse Society honoured the individuals and organisations who have supported the largest equestrian charity’s work at an awards ceremony at Saddlers Hall in the City of London on Friday 2 November.
Helen Barton-Smith from Pippin Equestrian in Dorset received the prestigious BHS Silver Stirrup Award in recognition of her support for young riders. The award was presented by the Society’s President Martin Clunes.
In 2003, the Barton-Smith family purchased a disused dairy farm in Gillingham, North Dorset. Within a year they had transformed it into what is now Pippin Equestrian, managed and run by Helen.
From the start, Helen’s focus has been on giving riding opportunities to young people in the area. Some of her early clients are now her staff whom she has nurtured through the BHS exam system to become qualified BHS Instructors.
There are countless examples of how Helen has benefited young riders. Not only is she a gifted riding instructor who ensures that all who ride with her are tutored correctly, she also injects her lessons with passion, commitment, inventiveness and encouragement. Those children who have been fortunate enough to have come into contact with her will realise in time how lucky they were.