Safety efforts acknowledged by British Horse Society

December 3, 2010

Major contributions in the field of riding and road safety have been recognised in The British Horse Society's Sefton Awards.


The awards were set up by the society in 1984, as a legacy to Sefton, a Household Cavalry horse who survived the Irish Republican Army bombings in London in 1982.

Sefton was 19 at the time of the bombings. He underwent eight hours of surgery and became a household name.

There were two recipients in the awards this year, held at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment's Barracks, in Knightsbridge, London - Jon Philips, from Newbury, Berkshire, and Jack Malcolm, from Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Philips is an expert in matters relating to equestrian transport, a sector in which changes in regulation have been frequent and confusing.

The society noted, among other things, that he is always ready to give advice on safety matters with the sole aim of helping drivers stay safe and legally compliant when they venture out on the road.

He said: "I'm honoured to receive this award. This is definitely one of the proudest days of my life."

Malcolm was recognised for his invaluable contribution to the advancement of equine safety. A dedicated teacher, he derives great satisfaction from passing on his knowledge to others so that they can ride more safely. The pass rate for the Riding and Road Safety Exam among his students is almost 100 percent.

He said: "I'm absolutely delighted to receive the Sefton Award, but this honour is not just for me, it is for all of the people that I work with."

The full citations are as follows:

Jon Phillips

Jon Philips is an expert in matters relating to equestrian transport, a sector in which changes in regulation have been frequent and confusing.

He is ever willing to respond to requests for advice from society members with the single aim of helping drivers stay safe and legally compliant when they venture out on the road.

Jon has written many articles for equestrian magazines and these are always written in easily-accessible language. His expertise on the towing of trailers, the use of tachographs, the multiplicity of HGV regulations - indeed, across the whole spectrum - has helped many drivers stay within the law. And as these laws have been framed to keep every road user safe, there is a direct link between legal driving and safe driving.

Moreover, as Jon himself is a keen horseman he is able to keep an informed eye on what is happening in the horse world, alerting us in good time to any emerging issues of which we should be aware.

Few within driving circles have Jon's broad range of knowledge and we are pleased to be able to recognise, not just Jon's expertise on all that makes for safe driving, but also his willingness to share it.

Jack Malcolm

Jack Malcolm served in the Army for 22 years. At the Infantry Saddle Club at Warminster his teaching skills were quickly recognised and, on obtaining his BHSAI, he was appointed Chief Instructor.

As a civilian Jack achieved his BHS Intermediate Stable Manager's certificate. He was appointed as an Instructor/Demonstrator at Lackham College Equine Department, becoming a Lecturer in Equine Studies and Programme Leader. He now runs JM Enterprises, training students for the Riding & Road Safety Exam and giving Health & Safety advice.

A dedicated teacher, Jack derives great satisfaction from passing on his knowledge to others so that they can ride more safely. The pass rate amongst his students is almost 100 percent.

In the past year Jack has been teaching basic horse-handling skills for Wiltshire and Avon Fire Services. Some of the fireman have never encountered a horse before and are terrified at the start. However, after a three hour session involving 'close-contact', the transformation is remarkable. Video footage of their rescues over the past year illustrates how much their skills and confidence have increased.

There is no doubt that Jack has made an invaluable contribution to the advancement of equine safety.