An equine scheme has received a national road safety accolade.

Insurers NFU Mutual, the British Horse Society and PRP Rescue Services received the Prince Michael International Road Safety award at a ceremony in London last month.

The campaign aims to reduce accidents involving horseboxes and trailers. To date, it has educated more than 1,000 horse owners and equine students across the UK.

The scheme highlights the importance of vehicle maintenance, safe driving and the rules and regulations surrounding the use of horseboxes and trailers.

“We are delighted that an equine road safety campaign has received such prestigious recognition,” said Nicki Whittaker, from NFU Mutual.

“Everyone involved in the project is committed to the safety of horse owners and the animals they transport. We look forward to continuing our programme of free safety seminars and vehicle weight checks in 2014 and beyond.”

Adrian Walsh director of The Prince’s Award Scheme said: “This initiative is a wonderful example of collaboration and its careful delivery and wide reach have already made many young people much safer drivers. It has huge potential to reach many more.”