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Equestrian Heroes Celebrated at Prestigious Awards

11 January 2016

UK - The British Horse Society recognised outstanding equestrian achievements at its annual awards Friday 27 November at Saddlers Hall, London.

The Society presents awards to individuals, groups or organisations that have made significant contributions within the Society and beyond, into the wider equestrian community.

Among the recipients this year were people who have gone above and beyond to help horses in need, those that have spent hours teaching young people equestrian skills and those who have dedicated land for bridleways.

Former editor of Horse & Hound, Lucy Higginson, was awarded The Elywn Hartley-Edwards Award, which is given to a writer, broadcaster or publication whose work has been particularly beneficial to the wellbeing of the horse.

Lucy became the first female editor of Horse & Hound in 2002. Speaking on the day of the awards she said: “It’s lovely to be recognised when good work is done by teams of people. I accept this with thanks on behalf of the many great people I have worked with over the years.”

The President’s Award went to Joanna MacInnes, for her work for the BHS North England committee.

She said: “It feels totally mind blowing. I can’t believe it’s not somebody more deserving of it than I.”

“I have always believed in the whole ethos of the BHS. Everything I believe the BHS does for safety, getting horses of the roads through access or welfare are all things that are really good and essential for horses.”

Sue Coombe-Tennant has dedicated 30 years of service to The British Horse Society. After receiving her award she said: “It’s hard to believe that it has been 30 years. It’s been really good fun and I think it has been a nice way of giving back something for the fun I have had with horses. I have met great people and have done some really brilliant stuff over the years.”

RAF Shawbury were presented with the Tarquin Award, for making a significant contribution to equestrian safety. Squadron Leader Kim Leach was thrilled: “I just want to say a big thank you to the riding community in Shropshire who have really got behind us. This is just the start of a big campaign that will last for several years, hopefully we will carry on building those relationships and everyone will benefit.”

The British Horse Society Annual Awards bring together a group of people who are all dedicated and passionate about one thing and have given years of their time to improve the lives of the people and horses around them. They truly deserve to have been given the honour of receiving one of these prestigious awards.

For the full list of 2015 award winners, click here.

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