Horse Society celebrates outstanding achievements at annual
November Awards ceremony
British Horse Society celebrated outstanding achievements with its
annual November Awards ceremony last week (12 November). Presented
by the Rt Hon Robin Cook, award recipients ranged from BHS volunteers
to local authorities, all reflecting the tremendous work that is
undertaken to benefit horses and riders.
for access & rights of way, road safety, long service, young
rider support, training, promotion of the BHS and work overseas
were all represented in the seventeen awards, presented at Saddlers'
Hall in London by permission of the Worshipful Company of Saddlers.
the ceremony Robin Cook, who has recently accepted an invitation
by the BHS to become an Honorary Vice-President, spoke of his involvement
with horses, having taken up riding as a hobby later in life. He
found horse riding relaxing, as he had 'yet to find a horse that
wanted to talk politics'.
Cook noted that 'horse owners do not keep horses in their spare
time, if you have horses the rest of your life is what you do in
your spare time' and congratulated the volunteers who dedicated
their spare time to the horse. He added that what makes an organisation
work is its people and this is true of the BHS.
commented on the need for the Society to receive active support
from Defra and local government, citing the BHS initiated Ragwort
Control Bill and access achievements as successful results. This
work would be enhanced by the creation of the BHS All Party Parliamentary
Group for the Horse, set up earlier in the year and which he himself
would be chairing. "What brings us together is love of the
horse. Common purpose and harmony make a real impact," said