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Nominations for the Queen?s Award for Equestrianism
25 March 2006

The British Horse Society (BHS) announced at the National Equine Forum the names of the eight Nominees for the 2006 Queen?s Award for Equestrianism.

The new Award, which is made on the recommendation of the Trustees of The British Horse Society, is ?For Outstanding Services to Equestrianism?.

The eight Nominees, each of whom had been put forward either by one of the member bodies of the British Equestrian Federation (or their corresponding bodies in Northern Ireland) or by the Army, are:

  • HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
  • Yogi Breisner FBHS
  • Douglas HD Bunn
  • Mrs Betty Gaston
  • Mrs Jennie Loriston-Clarke MBE FBHS
  • Mrs Diana Martin-Bird FBHS
  • Clive Milkins
  • Major WL Thompson MVO, MBE, DCM

A Selection Panel, Chaired by Patrick Print FBHS (Chairman of The British Horse Society) and comprising the Chairman of the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), Chairmen of BEF Member Bodies (and their corresponding bodies in Northern Ireland), and the Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry, met at Stoneleigh to decide which three names should be submitted to the BHS Trustees for the final decision.

The first recipient of the Award will be announced in the Spring.

Patrick Print said: ?This prestigious new Award provides a further welcome opportunity to celebrate outstanding achievement in equestrianism. Each Nominee, in his or her own way, can be held up as an exemplar of personal achievement combined with a commitment to give something back to the sport.?

BEF Chairman Hugh Thomas said: ?As our discussions progressed it became clear to the Panel that every one of the Nominees deserves public recognition for his or her outstanding services to equestrianism. This made for a difficult decision, but in the end we were able to agree three whose contribution was truly exceptional.?

With a combined membership in excess of 100,000, The British Horse Society and its subsidiary British Riding Clubs is the largest single equestrian organisation in the UK. Further information about the BHS may be obtained from the BHS website at www.bhs.org.uk