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Stephen Clarke receives the BHS Queen’s Award for Equestrianism

last updated on December 03, 2010 10:46

Stephen Clarke receives the BHS Queen’s Award for Equestrianism

Stephen Clarke FBHS is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious British Horse Society Queen’s Award for Equestrianism.

The Award, which is made on the recommendation of the Trustees of The British Horse Society, is "For Outstanding Services to Equestrianism".

Mr Clarke received the Award in recognition of his remarkable achievements and outstanding services to dressage.

The only British ‘O’ level judge and one of nine approved FEI Dressage Course Directors, Stephen was the first Briton to judge at an Olympics (in Athens in 2004). He has officiated at the World Equestrian Games, Senior, Junior and Young Rider European Championships and World Cup finals.

On home soil, Stephen chaired BD’s Judges Committee for ten years and continues in a central role in the training of British judges. His education, support and mentoring have influenced the next generation. Indeed, many of Britain’s senior judging figures are a product of his training and encouragement.

On receiving his award, Stephen said, “It is a great honour to represent my country in International competitions, but even more of an honour to receive The Queen’s Award. It means a huge amount to me as a member of the BHS, of which I am a strong supporter.”

BHS Chairman Dr Phil Wadey said, "Stephen Clarke’s personal achievements, not least the commitment he has shown to the development of the next generation, sum to a truly outstanding record of service to equestrianism."

For more information about the Queen's Award for Equestrianism view the BHS website here.