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Jennie Loriston-Clarke has been given the first ever Queen’s Award for Outstanding Services to Equestrianism.

“It is tremendous to be honoured with the first award, and I’m amazed that I should get it when there are so many wonderful people who have done so much for the sport,” Jennie told H&H.

She topped eight nominees put forward to the British Horse Society (BHS) by member bodies of the British Equestrian Federation. The other nominees were: Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh; Yogi Breisner FBHS; Douglas Bunn; the late Major Thompson MVO, MBE, DCM; Betty Gaston; Clive Milkins and Diana Martin-Bird FBHS.

Jennie represented Britain at five Olympic Games and, famously, won Britain’s first dressage medal — a bronze at the World Championships in 1978. She is renowned as a trainer and judge as well as being a passionate supporter of British-bred horses, having trained home-bred horses to international level.

She received her award at a dinner to mark The Queen’s 80th birthday last Friday evening during Royal Windsor Horse Show.