Eventer-turned-dressage rider Beverley Brightman has been honoured at the recent British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) awards.

Beverley was presented with this year’s TSM rider award at the ceremony, which took place on 19 February in Birmingham.

The award recognises riders who make the greatest contribution to the trade and work hard for their sponsors.

Beverley told H&H: “I was surprised and delighted – other riders included Carl Hester and Mary King so it was an honour. I do try my hardest to make sure my sponsors logos are visible at demos and am grateful for their help.”

She is sponsored by Horsehage, Hemp Technology, Sue Carson Saddles and Gravenhorse Feeds.

Beverley started her career as an event rider and worked her way up to four-star level. Despite suffering an horrific riding accident, in which she broke her back, she was determined to get back in the saddle, so took up dressage. She now rides at grand prix and is a popular trainer.

“Beverley is keen to help develop new products,” said a nominator. “Through her diligence, professionalism and her people skills, we continue to enjoy an excellent sponsorship arrangement.”

The Joules equestrian event of the year went to the South West Christmas Equine Fair – put on by Contour Exhibitions.

This award acknowledges the event (at which trade stands are present) that best works with its exhibitors and takes their requirements into consideration.

Nominators and judges agreed: “The facilities are excellent and the organisers are first-class. The South West Christmas Equine Fair is the best of all the events we have attended.”