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.
Hilary Barnard and daughter Eleanor, from Bristol, were among those presented with awards of recognition by the Society’s President Martin Clunes.
Both keen BHS TREC participants, Hilary was presented with the award for Open Individual Winner, and Eleanor the Heather Lucas Memorial Young Rider Training Bursary.
Hilary has been a regular competitor in BHS TREC for many years and is undoubtedly a rider at the very top of her game; this has been a tremendous year, achieving as she has, the double distinction of becoming Level 4 Individual Champion of Great Britain and the winner of the Open Individual league.
The Heather Lucas Memorial Young Rider Training Bursary recalls an avid BHS TREC competitor, organiser and Young Rider supporter and was conceived to assist the winner and their horse or pony to develop their TREC skills. It is awarded to the highest-placed Young Rider in the BHS TREC League who is eligible to compete in the Young Rider European Championships.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Hilary explained how proud she is of her daughter and how please she is to have won her own award also: 'I am thrilled to bits with the cracking bridle that has been presented to me by the Worshipful Company of Saddlers which was totally unexpected…it has been a lovely experience.'