Yogi Breisner wins The Queen’s Award for Equestrianism

  • Olympic eventing team trainer and former Olympic gold medal-winning horse rider Yogi Breisner has been given The Queen’s Award for Equestrianism by the British Horse Society (BHS).

    The Princess Royal presented Yogi with the award at Buckingham Palace yesterday (16 October).

    Yogi was chosen by the BHS board of trustees “for outstanding services” to the horse world.

    BHS chairman Patrick Print said: “Yogi is unquestionably one of the great equestrian trainers of our time.

    “His addition to the list of recipients of the Queen’s Award for Equestrianism ensures that its reputation as the foremost accolade for outstanding service to equestrianism will remain.”

    Yogi was a member of the Swedish event team from 1976 to 1987 and was part of the gold-medal winning team at the 1983 European Championships.

    He was in the top 10 at Badminton Horse Trials 4 times and in the top 10 of world event riders for four years.

    In 1999 Yogi was appointed performance manager of eventing, responsible for the training of the senior, junior, young rider and pony teams. His teams have won gold, silver and broze medals at Olympic and European level.

    He is also an examiner for the BHS Fellowship and takes the schooling courses at the British Racing School.

    Yogi was selected from nine nominees submitted by member bodies of the British Equestrian Federation.

    The other nominees were: Douglas Bunn, Richard (Dick) Carey, Leslie Crawford, Jill Gibson, Hamish John Lochore, John McEwen BVMS MRCVS, Hugh Thomas and Major Richard Waygood LG.

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