The British Horse Society’s (BHS) annual Sefton Awards, last week, celebrated three individuals who have recently made significant contributions to equestrian safety.
Those honoured at this year’s awards were: Derek Thomas MP, Michelle Clark and Julie Doorne.
Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at the BHS said: “All recipients of a Sefton Award have demonstrated considerable passion and determination to improve the safety of equines and equestrians across the UK. The work these particular individuals have undertaken over the past year has been truly commendable and all of us at the BHS are extremely grateful for their outstanding efforts and commitment”.
Member of Parliament for St Ives, Derek Thomas, was acknowledged for his efforts in bringing the safety or horses and riders to the forefront of parliamentary discussion over the past year. Derek was also commended for his continual support to equestrians in his constituency, championing the BHS’s ‘Dead Slow’ campaign messages.
Michelle Clark was recognised for her work in Surrey, where her fundraising and safety campaigning resulted in additional road signage being erected in her local area. Michelle’s campaigning followed a tragic car incident, resulting in the death of two horses and serious injuries for Michelle. Her efforts will directly improve the safety of many equestrians in her area.
Julie Doorne was praised for her work surrounding the effects indiscriminate use of fireworks can have on horses and other animals. Julie has worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the welfare and safety issues surrounding fireworks and has presented two petitions, with a combined 204,000+ signatures to Parliament.