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.
Erin Orford from High Wycombe received a prestigious BHS award for someone who has triumphed against the odds showing determination, courage and sportsmanship. The ‘Exceptional Achievement Award’ was presented by the Society’s President Martin Clunes.
Erin started riding at the age of two at the local RDA, based in Chesham, and it was when the family moved house that Erin went to ride at the well-known South Bucks RDA, under the direction of resident instructor Clive Milkins.
She was inspired to take up Para Dressage after watching the Paralympic Games in Athens 2004 and now competes on the international circuit and contends able-bodied classes.
Erin has found a great team spirit among the riders on the World Class Para Dressage Development Programme and the training weekends are particularly helpful, not only with the instruction and advice she receives but also from the support services that the Programme offers.
Erin is an inspiration to many people, as she has been throughout her life to her friends, family and anyone who comes into contact with her.