Prince Phillip has been inducted into the British Horse Society (BHS) Hall of Fame. In a ceremony at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment Barracks in London, Prince Phillip, a former president of the FEI who has represented Britain at several driving European and World Championships and devised the rules for the Pony Club Mounted Games, received the award for his contribution to the equestrian world.
Olympic silver medallist Mary King, Liz Edgar who won the Queen Elizabeth II Gold Cup a record 5 times and Ted Edgar were also inducted into the hall of fame along with show jumper Wilf White who died in 1995 and two great horses Ryan’s Son and Colton Maelstrom.
BHS Chairman Patrick Print said: “Prince Philip, Mary, Wilf, Liz and Ted have all made remarkable contributions to equestrianism and deserve to be honoured. Ryan’s Son was a fantastic horse and a great personality and Colton Maelstrom a brilliant pony who brought a great thrill to riders and spectators alike.”
The BHS Hall of Fame was the brainchild of BHS president Noel Edmunds and was launched last year. “The equestrian fraternity has its fair share of heroes and heroines, all of whom are well known within the sport. But we haven’t been very successful in putting them on a pedestal and proclaiming their achievements to the wider world,” said Mr Edmunds at the time.
The Hall is available for everyone to see on the web and includes pictures and biographies. Visit the Hall of Fame
A dozen “founder” members were initially selected for the Hall of Fame, with half a dozen new members to be added to the hall three times a year. The most recent laureates were selected by a panel chaired by BHS chairman Patrick Print FBHS and which comprised Horse & Hound Editor Lucy Higginson, former BHS Chairman Michael Clayton, BSJA Chairman Michael Mac, Para-Dressage star and Olympic gold medalist Lee Pearson and eventer Ginny Elliot. Nominations by members of the public were also considered.
Members of the public can cast their votes to nominate the next six equestrian and horse laureates into the Equestrian Hall of Fame. Suggestions should be emailed to HallofFame@bhs.org.uk