A veterinary surgeon won this year’s British Equestrian Trade Association’s (BETA) “Lifetime Achievement Award”, presented at its business awards on 17 February.

Stewart Hastie, born in 1922, has written seminal works for equine students and had a major input into the development of the modern saddle fitter, acting as a veterinary consultant to the Society of Master Saddlers.

“Stewart has contributed a huge amount to our understanding of the horse in today’s environment,” said a BETA spokesman.

“His past and continuing contribution to the equestrian world should be an inspiration for all of us involved with horses.”

Stewart graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School and moved to Buckingham in 1958 to set up his own practice‚ specialising in the equine sector.

He has had a longstanding interest in alternative medicine and equine chiropractics.

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