The British Horse Society’s (BHS) Sefton Awards (27 November) honours those who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of equestrian safety. Those recognised for 2019 were Helen Goldie, Julie Gooding and Rob Tillier.
Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at the BHS said: “Improving equestrian safety is a huge part of the work of the BHS and we are incredibly grateful to all those who have helped and continue to help us on our mission to improve conditions for riders and their horses. The Sefton Awards are our way of acknowledging those who have made exceptional and highly commendable efforts over the past year to help improve the safety of riders across the UK.”
BHS Safety Volunteer, Helen Goldie was awarded a Sefton Award for her efforts in improving the safety of equestrians on the Isle of Man. Helen was instrumental in the recent formation of a BHS Committee on the island and also played a major role in getting the BHS Safety Team to the Isle of Man TT event, one of the biggest motorcycle events in the world. The team, with Helen’s help, were then able to deliver important safety information to the TT visitors. Helen has also worked closely with the Isle of Man Police to help deliver Close Pass operations and educate drivers on key safety messages.
A Sefton Award was awarded to Councillor Julie Gooding for her work in Essex on a Safety Around Horses programme for two schools with the backing of The British Horse Society, Canewdon Equestrians and local head teachers. This safety awareness programme is a tool to be made available for additional schools to deliver with a view to it being available nationwide and would not have been possible without Julie’s enthusiasm and determination.
Rob Tillier was awarded a Sefton Award for his work on a comprehensive driver training programme which was endorsed by DVSA as ‘the programme to which all driving instructors should aspire to deliver’. Rob has been instrumental in involving the BHS to raise awareness of the dangers when young drivers encounter horses on the roads by inviting the BHS to his training days.
The Sefton Awards were set up by the BHS in 1984 as a legacy to Sefton, the Household Cavalry horse who survived the IRA bombings in London in 1982. Sefton was 19-years-old at the time of the bombings. He underwent eight hours of surgery and became a household name.