British international show jumper Nick Skelton heads the list of those honoured for equestrian achievement in The Queen’s Birthday Honours List, having been awarded an OBE for his services to equestrian sport.
A leading rider in the sport for more than 35 years, Nick (54) has represented Team GB at six Olympic Games.
After breaking his neck in a fall in 2000, Nick made a heroic return to the sport to continue his former partnership with John and Lisa Hales’ stallion Arko II competing at the Olympic Games in Athens 2004.
"I'm very honoured with the award and it feels magnificent to have been recognised in this way. It's a great recognition not only for myself, but also for the sport”, said Nick.
Also honoured is Ros Spearing, the founder and director of the Ebony Horse Club, a registered charity in Brixton, who receives an MBE for services to young people in London.
Ros founded the club in 1996 to help improve life skills, education and aspirations of disadvantaged children and young people in the area by providing access to horse riding, outdoor activities and mentoring.
“I am very honoured to receive this award and hope it puts the spotlight on urban riding and the need for all sports to be more inclusive,” said Ros.
Belinda Turner, the chief executive of Stubbing Court Training (SCT) in Derbyshire was also appointed an MBE for her services to training in the equestrian industry.
SCT provides training combined with a career structure for those wanting to work in competition yards throughout the Midlands and Yorkshire and has gained the accolade of ‘outstanding’ in its last three Ofstead reports. The company, that also initiated an online learning programme last year, currently has 130 apprentices on its training schemes.
Four volunteers of the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) have also all received awards for their services to the national charity that provides therapy and enjoyment through riding to people with disabilities all over the UK.
Rachel Mary Axford, leader of Treborth RDA in Anglesey, Annette Dorsey of the RDA association at Harrogate and Stockeld Park in West Yorkshire, Barbara Joan Johnstone of the RDA in Edinburgh and Rosanne Pudden the director and group trainer of Lowlands Farm RDA in Warwickshire have all been awarded MBE’s in recognition of their outstanding work to the charity.
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