Medals of honour presented to leading members of equestrian world

  • Outstanding services to equine sport have been recognised by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF).

    Four industry figures were presented with BEF medals of honour by chairman Keith Taylor at Olympia on Sunday (20 December).

    The winners were para dressage chair of selectors Juliet Seal, para dressage world class equine osteopath Karen Robertson, British Dressage’s (BD’s) Linda Whetstone and head of secretariat at the BEF Maggie Moreton.

    A special presentation was also made to equestrian photographer Kit Houghton for his support and service to the federation over the past 30 years.

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    Karen has been working with the para squad for the past 12 years.

    “Her dedication, commitment and devotion to the team over the years has been pivotal in helping the squad maintain their unbeaten record, and is a key part of an exceptional support team,” said a BEF spokesman.

    Maggie received her award for “outstanding devotion and contribution” to the BEF over the past three decades.

    “Having played an instrumental part in the growth of an originally small federation into the internationally influential organisation we have today, her extensive knowledge of the BEF and its activities is both exceptional and invaluable,” the spokesman added.

    Juliet was recognised for her “exceptional commitment” to the British para dressage team.

    “Her dedication, both nationally and internationally, has been instrumental to the unprecedented success of the GBR squad to date,” said the BEF.

    Meanwhile Linda’s medal was in honour of her commitment to BD, both nationally and internationally.

    Over the years, she has held fundamental roles within the organisation including rules and fixtures director as well as judges director.

    This has involved overseeing the rules framework, fixtures calendar, training judges and area festivals.

    Linda continues to hold the position of technical delegate for both the Nationals and Winter Championships, as she has done for the past 17 years.

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