BBC journalist and television presenter, John Craven OBE, equestrian commentator Mike Tucker and Police Scotland Road Policing Unit and Mounted Branch were amongst those recognised at The British Horse Society’s (BHS) annual awards ceremony at Saddlers’ Hall in London on Friday, 22 November.

A total of 29 awards were presented at the ceremony, recognising the outstanding achievements of the society’s volunteers, supporters and partners over the past year.

Celebrating exceptional contributions

Following the event, chairman of the BHS, Tim Lord said: “All our volunteers, affiliated groups and supporters play a vital role in ensuring the BHS is able to deliver on its work across safety, access, welfare, education and participation.

“The BHS Awards are our way of acknowledging and celebrating those who have made an exceptional contribution in aid of our charitable work over the past 12 months.

“We are hugely grateful to all those who dedicate their precious time to helping us in our mission to protect and promote the interests of all horses and those who care for them.”

Championing the countryside

Journalist and broadcaster, John Craven OBE, was awarded the Elwyn Hartley-Edwards Awards which recognises a writer, broadcaster or publication whose work has been particularly beneficial to the wellbeing of the horse.

Craven was commended for always championing the countryside, something of vital importance to equestrians, particularly with the looming 2026 deadline.

Making connections

The Lady Elizabeth Kirk Award, for an individual, business or organisation who has voluntarily dedicated a bridleway was award to equestrian commentator Michael Tucker (posthumous).

The award related to a length of track, privately owned by Michael that was added to the Tetbury Trail, Gloucestershire which in turn led to additional bits of track being donated to complete the full link.

Equestrian safety

Police Scotland Road Policing Unit and Mounted Branch were the recipients of The Tarquin Trophy, for excellent service by an organisation, business or business associate in the cause of equestrian safety.

Operation ‘Lose the Blinkers’ was initiated by Constable Lisa Dunlop and has been strongly supported by Police Scotland Mounted Branch.

In 2019, during eight days of action, 112 motorists were directly educated at the roadside by officers on how to safely pass horses on the road.

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