February 22, 2008

Princess Anne unveils the Hall of Fame plaques. Several officials and laureates attended, including David Broome, third from the right behind the Princess Royal.
© Jane Thompson

HRH The Princess Royal unveiled a wall of plaques this week at the Household Cavalry's Hyde Park Barracks, as a permanent home for The British Horse Society's Equestrian Hall of Fame.

The ceremony - at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment's headquarters in Knightsbridge - was attended by many of the BHS Equestrian Hall of Fame's Laureates.

As a BHS Hall of Fame Laureate, HRH The Princess Royal was herself presented with a certificate, along with top eventer Pippa Funnell, both of whom have plaques on the wall of honour.

The BHS's Chairman Patrick Print FBHS said: “It is more than two years since we launched the BHS Equestrian Hall of Fame and it is fitting that it now has a wall of commemorative plaques.

“We hope visitors will come in their droves to see these wonderful, lasting tributes to the truly great equestrians and horses of times past and present.”

BHS President Desi Dillingham spoke about the Hall of Fame at the unveiling.

At a champagne reception before the unveiling, five new Laureates were inducted into the BHS Equestrian Hall of Fame: top eventer William Fox-Pitt, Olympic gold medallist Mary Gordon-Watson, and three more great horses, Nizefela, The Poacher and Everest Forever.

The BHS's Equestrian Hall of Fame was launched in July 2005 with 20 great equestrians and 16 remarkable horses honoured.

The riders (or drivers) included HRH The Princess Royal, Harvey Smith, Colonel Sir Michael Ansell, Cynthia Haydon and Ginny Leng. The horses included Sefton, Milton, and Be Fair.

Additional Laureates including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Captain Mark Phillips, Nick Skelton and Douglas Bunn, and more legendary horses, such as Beethoven, Tosca, Arko III and Shear H2O, were announced at later events.