BEF Medals of Honour for dressage personalities
last updated on December 19, 2016 15:15
On an evening that welcomed equestrian Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic medallists to the Grand Hall at Olympia, The London International Horse Show, to celebrate with fans their fantastic achievements this year, the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) took the opportunity to recognise members of the equestrian community for their outstanding service.
The BEF Medal of Honour, which is presented in recognition of the outstanding service given to equestrian sport, was this evening presented to nine recipients. The presentation of awards was made by BEF Director of International Affairs, Dr Tim Watson. Dressage personalities dominated the awards this year
About the Recipients:
Islay Auty is recognised for her dedication to British dressage and her outstanding commitment and service to equestrianism across the different youth programmes, for the last twenty years.
Fiona Bigwood and Spencer Wilton both received their medals for their outstanding performances in Rio as part of the silver medal-winning dressage team and for their contribution as ambassadors to equestrian sport.
Groom to 2016 Olympic champion Valegro and team silver medallist Nip Tuck, Alan Davies received his medal in recognition of his unfaltering dedication, pride and commitment to the equine industry throughout a number of disciplines as both rider and groom.
Former chief executive of the BEF, Andrew Finding and former BEF chairman Keith Taylor were presented in recognition of their commitment to the Federation, at both a national and international level, during their terms of office.
British Carriagedriving’s Derrick Mayes, Chairman of the International Teams Committee and a former Chef and Treasurer for
British Carriagedriving, was presented for his commitment to the sport of Carriagedriving for the past thirty years.
Proprietor of The Unicorn Trust for twenty years, Sydney Smith, has shown great commitment and dedication to the Trust and with it to ensuring a world-class training facility for our equestrian athletes and the industry.
Richard Waygood was recognised for his management and leadership of the GB dressage team over the past seven years.
Left to right: Dr Tim Watson, Spencer Wilton, Richard Waygood, Keith Taylor, Andrew Finding, Sydney Smith, Derrick Mayes, Alan Davies, Fiona Bigwood and Islay Auty.
Thanks to Team GBR/Jon Stroud Media for the picture.