Queen’s Award nominee: Dawn Wofford

  • Dawn Wofford has been nominated for the BHS Queen’s Award by the Pony Club

    Contribution to the Pony Club

    • Former member of Albrighton Woodland branch, competing at all levels
    • 1985 – 1991 Chairman Show Jumping Committee
    • 1991 – 1997 National Chairman
    • 1997 – re-wrote the Pony Club’s bible The Manual of Horsemanship
    • 1997 to date – Member of the Training Committee, plus “A”, “AH” and “B” Test Examiner

    Contribution to international show jumping riding Earlsrath Rambler and Hollandia

    • 1951 – 2nd Leading Junior Show Jumper of the Year
    • 1955 & 1956 – 1st Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Royal International Horse Show
    • 1955 – 1st Puissance in Aachen
    • 1955-60 – regular winning member of British teams
    • 1956 – Reserve Stockholm Olympics
    • 1960 – Rome Olympics
    • 1960 – Silver medalist at European Women’s Championships

    Back in 1955 the Malvern Gazette reported that a day for young, inexperienced riders at Juvenile Hunter Trials was crowned by the attendance of Dawn Palethorpe to distribute the prizes. Fifty years on, Dawn is still an inspiration, hosting and teaching at grass roots rallies, whilst bringing on the most talented senior riders as “A” Test Co-ordinator.

    A brilliant all-round horsewoman and winner at point-to-points who is still hunting regularly, Dawn draws on her deep understanding of the horse to share her knowledge with children and young instructors who readily respond to her warmth and enthusiasm.

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