British Equestrian has honoured leading riders and equestrian figures for their services to the industry. Eight individuals were presented with the British Equestrian Medal of Honour by the federation’s chair, Malcolm Wharton CBE, and CEO, Jim Eyre.

The Medal of Honour is awarded to those recognised as having completed acts of international endeavour in relation to the sport, and for outstanding services to the federation or its member bodies.

Four individuals were awarded their Medals of Honour in 2021, but were unable to receive the accolades due to covid restrictions, so were acknowledged alongside the 2022 recipients.

Dressage star Charlotte Fry (pictured) was among the 2021 winners, alongside her teammate Gareth Hughes. Sophie Thomas, who has worked for British Equestrian for more than 18 years and is the programme leader for the UK Sport and National Lottery funded World Class Programme, and British Dressage’s David Trott, also received Medals of Honour.

Professor Eric Jenkinson, chairman of the UK Polocrosse Association (UKPA) from 2010 until 2020 was among the 2022 recipients. He was joined by Dr Chris Meaden, who invented the classification system that made it possible to profile and grade dressage and driving athletes of all disabilities.

Jackie Potts, who has been the head groom at William Fox-Pitt’s yard for over 30 years, also received a Medal of Honour, as well as Charlotte Thornycroft, who is dedicated to support the war relief effort in Ukraine, running the logistics hub and a yard of 60 evacuated horses on the Polish border.

“I offer my wholehearted congratulations and gratitude to our winners of the British Equestrian Medal of Honour in 2021 and 2022,” said Malcolm. “It’s a privilege to present these awards as each individual has an inspiring story behind their contribution and their selfless dedication to our industry is remarkable. Collectively, our winners epitomise all the characteristics that makes the equestrian community so extraordinary.”

Lead image of Charlotte Fry by The London International Horse Show

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