Team GB vet awarded MBE

By: Horse Deals

Team GB vet awarded MBE
Team GB vet awarded MBE

John McEwen, director of Equine Sports Science and Medicine for the Lottery funded Equestrian World Class Programme, has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2013 for his services to equestrian sport.

John, who is based in Monmouthshire, has more than 42 years’ experience in equine veterinary practice.

Vet to the British Showjumping and Dressage teams for more than 30 years; he has accompanied the British equestrian teams to all major championships, including his eighth Olympic Games in London, 2012.

Equestrian performance director, Will Connell, says: "John has given a lifetime of service and support to the equestrian veterinary world and in particular Equestrian Team GBR; there are many a British medallist that owe John a huge debt of gratitude. He is tireless and selfless in his support to the programme, the teams and the FEI. He, and by default his wife Catherine, richly deserve this recognition".

John is also the current chairman of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) veterinary committee, as well as being the FEI First Vice President; he has also been the national lead veterinarian for the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) since 2005.

Andrew Finding, chief executive of the BEF, says; "We are delighted that John McEwen’s dedication to equestrian sport over a great many years has been recognised in the award of this national honour. He has given much as a consultant and in a range of voluntary areas; he has been a wonderful ambassador for Great Britain. Moreover, he has been at the heart of the success our sport has achieved by ensuring that the horses enjoy the best care available. We are thrilled for John."