Talland-based Tom Gawler has been crowned BHS Coach of the Year following a hard-fought final, which took place recently at Warwickshire College.

Tom, from Cirencester, Gloucestershire, is already a BHS intermediate instructor and he teaches pupils from all disciplines from beginners to advanced. He was also a finalist in the 2009 competition.

Alison le Fevre, senior executive (BHS training) said: “We were fortunate to have once again secured three of the equestrian industry’s leading professionals to judge the competition.

“Gill Watson, Corinne Bracken and William Micklem provided immeasurable support and guidance to the candidates on the day.”

Finalists were judged on their performance while teaching an individual jump lesson, a flat lesson and stable management.

Ireland’s William Anderson finished second, while Tracey Garside from North Yorkshire was third.