October 26, 2007

Heroes in the field of equestrian safety were honoured at The British Horse Society's Sefton Awards, which were held on Monday at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment's Barracks, Knightsbridge, London.

The awards mark outstanding contribution in the field of riding and road safety. They can go to anyone who, through their achievements, has raised awareness of the need for riding and road safety.

The 2007 Sefton Awards have been awarded to:

Claire Aldridge for her support of the BHS and Riding and Road Safety over the last 20 years. Claire uses her skills and interests to further the cause of Riding and Road Safety locally and nationally, using her most recent role as Chairman of the Safety Advisory Committee to focus attention and encourage others.

Jane Davies, who alongside her late husband Michael started the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund (MDIRF) after their son Mark was killed in an accident at Burghley Horse Trials in 1988. MDIRF is now a national charity assisting those who have sustained an injury in an equestrian related accident. Jane is a special person, with a strong sense of right, who will fight to help where she sees a genuine need.

Keith Grant for his work in producing a guidance booklet on the laying of Stone Mastic Asphalt road surface dressings, which has been adopted nationally by local authorities and riders, leading to safer riding on the roads. The BHS wishes to thank Keith for taking their problems seriously and for making such a valuable contribution to their resolution.

The Tarquin Award, which recognises organisations, businesses or business associates who have made a significant contribution to equestrian safety, was presented to Roy Burek from Charles Owen and Co.

Roy has spent a lifetime in the business, always putting safety before self, and through his family's company he has been a true friend to the BHS.

• In March 1990 the Road Safety Policy Committee agreed to introduce awards to mark outstanding work in the field of riding and road safety.

Peter Cannon approached the Household Cavalry for sanction to call them the Sefton Awards. This was readily agreed and the association endorsed. There was no limit as to the number of awards each year and this has varied from two to four awards dependent on the nominations and achievement.

The criterion for the award is that it should mark outstanding contribution in the field of riding and road safety. Over the years this has been awarded for a great variety of reasons and to a wide band of the community who have raised awareness of the need for riding and road safety through their achievements.

In July 1990, it was agreed that the first awards would be presented at Hyde Park Barracks in 1991.