Dorothy Johnson FBHS

Dorothy Johnson, Fellow of the BHS passed away peacefully at home on 26th June, aged 96. Wife of the late Cyril Johnson. They ran the Northern equitation Centre in Aughton, Lancashire for many years before going freelance. She taught the Merseyside Mounted police for 30 years retiring at 88. She taught many many people across Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. She had written a book and had a tv series with Yorkshire Television; All About Riding.

She’s leaves daughter Janet, son in law Alan and granddaughter Ellie.


DONN COLLINS pays tribute to CLARISSA DAWSON, BHSI, BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship, who sadly passed away on March 9 after a brave battle with cancer. 

As a newly appointed BHS Examiner (we were not called Assessors in those days!!) I first met Clarissa on an exam team in July 1985. Since then Clarissa has been a stalwart supporter of the BHS examination/assessment system through its different guises, serving on its exams sub-committee, working as a Chief/Lead Assessor at Level 4 and Senior Examiner/Assessor for the BHSI/Level 5 in places as diverse as Spain, Ireland and China.  On one occasion she even arrived back from Ireland at Birmingham Airport with security protection after a suspected IRA threat!! Clarissa’s loyalty to the cause was such that, even during her illness she insisted on sitting the EQL Standardisation Test, passing it with flying colours and chiding me for not telling her about it sooner!!

However it was during our FE and HE lecturing together at Warwickshire College where, previously, she had been an Equine Student, that I really came to respect Clarissa’s integrity, high standards and shrewd judgment.

I started doing one afternoon a week in Autumn 2000 and Clarissa was a welcoming and supportive mentor. If only subsequent mentors had been as good!! As my hours increased gradually, I hope that we were able to support one another juggling college commitments, freelance coaching, competing and looking after our own horses. Sharing an office for a time we exchanged training and teaching ideas and refused to drown in the ever deepening waters of electronic technology!!

On a visit to Deurne in Holland for a European Education Network Symposium, we were two of the few delegates who had not competed in European, World or Olympic championships. As our flight back was leaving earlier, it was announced that the British were to teach first to the distinguished group. Clarissa refused to teach but was invaluable hissing sharp reminders to me and delegates agreed we were much better than the Swedes who followed us!!   

Clarissa also had a distinguished competition career. Early days included childhood lessons with the late Molly Sivewright FIH, FBHS  and membership of the Warwickshire Hunt branch of the Pony Club, culminating in an A test award. Warwickshire branch members at the time included Carole Broad FBHS and Patrick Print FBHS. Clarissa was an elegant National Ladies Side Saddle Champion three times in 1992, 1994 & 1997 and twice winner of the Pas Seul with her creative costumes and routines, one being described as “raunchy” in a Horse and Hound report!!

Successful horses were her two greys Blue Button and Shadow of Doubt. Her side saddle expertise was keenly sought both in the UK and at clinics abroad. On Primiende, a mare who did so much to sustain her through gruelling bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy, she was placed at BD Regional Advanced Medium level, also gaining points at Advanced level. As recently as November 23 last year, Clarissa and Primiende were placed in an Advanced Medium music class. What better testament can there be to the fighting spirit of a lady who was committed to promoting better standards of riding and horse care during her all too brief life.


It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the recent passing of Lynne Baldwin after a short illness in a hospital near Woodcuts near Salisbury in Wiltshire on 18th March.

Lynne and I trained together at Moat House Benenden in the 1970’s under the tutelage and watchful eye of Cherrie Hatton Hall (Sister Chiara). Lynne had a great sense of humour whilst being a very sympathetic and successful rider. Lynne then moved on to manage the BHS Examination Centre, Ridgewood Riding Centre, near Reigate in Surrey preparing BHS and Pony Club exam candidates whilst she became an Examiner for the BHS. Following her successful time at Ridgewood Lynne then owned a yard near Effingham and finally with her friend Brona Donnellan owned Partridge Stables near Dorking Surrey. Here, not only was Lynne busy with her students but she also successfully competed at British Dressage PSG level with her horse ’Tom’ and was a BD List 2 judge.

Ann Bostock was Lynne’s Head Girl/Chief Instructor at Partridge Stables and between us our memories of Lynne are of a person bursting with fun and good humour whilst being very diligent towards the horses in her care. More recently Brona and Lynne moved to Wiltshire where they had a private yard for their own horses and from where Lynne continued to coach and judge. Lynne retired from examining some years ago but those of us who worked with her were always sure of a well organised day where the candidates were the centre of our day.

Lynne’s Funeral is on 5th April at 2pm at Poole Crematorium, Gravel Hill, Broadstone, Poole, Dorset. BH14 9BQ

Jillie Rogers & Ann Bostock

A further note from Jillie Rogers: So many wonderful posts have been made for Lynne on Facebook, we really are just that – a caring Association who goes that extra mile for our own and Lynne was an original F&I member.  For anyone who wishes to send Lynne’s friend and business partner a card here is the address:
Ms Brona Donnellan
Dean Wells Farm

Geoff Dorset BHSI, 1924-2017

Geoff DorsetWe were sad to hear the news that Geoff Dorset BHSI passed away on 7 May, aged 93 years.

Geoff was a BHS Assessor and Chief Examiner for many years. He was one of life’s gentlemen and would always ‘doff’ his cap when greeting you with a big beaming smile. He was respected by all who knew him and his quiet, gentle approach with horses won him many friends and admirers. Geoff was a remount trainer with the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch and his quiet leadership led to the worldwide reputation that Imber Court had as the ‘gold standard’ in mounted police training.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.


Philippa Mary Francis BHSI

Members of the association will have been shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death from cancer on September 28 of Pippa Francis, aged 58.

Not only was Pippa a BHSI, but also a BHS examiner from 1989 to 2003,  BD dressage judge, Programme Area Manager at Warwickshire College for Equine and Farriery, Secretary/Treasurer of the F & I Association from 1995/2000 and from 2003 a schools and colleges inspector with OFSTED.

Pippa passed her BHSAI in 1976 – the same year as Patrick Print FBHS!!

Two years later she obtained her BHSII and in 1983 her BHSI.

Lorna Walters BHSI recalls that in 1983 she spent 11 months with Iris Kellett the legendary Irish international showjumper and her husband John Hall FBHS (both now deceased) at their celebrated equestrian centre near Dublin. It was here that Lorna met Pippa who was working there, preparing students for BHS exams and competing her own horse Felix and John Hall’s Rowanstown in dressage.

On return to the UK, Pippa started lecturing at Warwickshire College, becoming Programme Area Manager in charge of Equine and Farriery.

“She was an excellent manager,” Dr Richard Pearce, who worked with Pippa affirms. She was not afraid to make decisions, to stand by them and you knew where you stood with her.”

I first met Pippa when examining at a BHS Stage 2 exam. I wanted to pass a jumping candidate. Pippa didn’t and I lost the argument!!

As my manager at Warwickshire College, Pippa was perceptive and supportive, always approachable and any advice given helpful and valid.

One of the horses Pippa trained Minnow is still at Warwickshire College today. Many successful BHS Stage 3 and 4 show jumping candidates who sat their exams at Moreton Morrell probably owe their pass in this section to Minnow.

Bunkey Villa, the grey ex racehorse Pippa competed successfully at BD had established flying changes and the look of sheer joy on students’ faces as they felt their first flying change on Bunkey is lasting testament to Pippa’s training skill.

Carole Broad FBHS said:” She sat for a while on Q & T (BHS exams advisory group) and could always be relied on to see both sides of the coin. She was such a kind, gentle person who was also extremely professional.”

However Pippa had a marked career change in 2003 when she joined OFSTED as an inspector. The December 2014 Ofsted Chief Inspector’s Annual Report noted Pippa’s Doctorate in Education (gained while with Ofsted) with research interests in pedagogy in further education and noted that she “regularly leads college inspections and also inspects secondary schools.”

In 2013/14 Pippa led a national survey on teaching, learning and assessment across the further education and skills sector, published in September2014.

Thus Pippa’s contribution to the education sector was as significant as her contribution to the equine world. Both spheres have benefited from the influence of a dignified professional with integrity and strong moral values.


PS Donations for Cancer Research UK and/or Macmillan Cancer Support can be sent to Peasgood & Skeates, Shire Hill, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 3AQ

Jo Knowles FBHS

trophy-thumbnail_10872867_632409506864042_5913917136785480194_oI am sad to hear that Jo Knowles has passed away.  I first met Jo in the late 1980’s at a BHS Convention at Stoneleigh.  I was immediately taken with her gentle, kind and knowledgeable attitude to everything.

We talked about various things throughout the day and Jo was particularly interested in the Pat Smallwood award.  It then transpired that Jo was a very accomplished Sculptress.  I was one of the Trustees of the award.  Jo offered to design and make a trophy to be awarded to the winner each year.

When the Trophy arrived I was amazed by its beauty.  The bronze of the horse’s head and neck was stunning.  It is now presented by the F & I Association to a member at each AGM, for services to the BHS/F&I Association.

As the current holder of the trophy, I delight in seeing it every day.  At an AGM about 3 years ago, Jo was persuaded to come and present the trophy to the winner.  I asked Jo if she had named the trophy and she said “no”.  After considerable thought she said she would like it named after a favourite foal she had bred.  She said Wistful was a cheeky foal and had a mind to jump anything!  She would jump the show jumps alone when turned out in a paddock.  Jo evented her with great success in the show jumping and cross country, but Wistful was not compatible with dressage!

There is now a plaque on the trophy engraved – “Wistful.  Designed and sculpted by Jo Knowles FBHS”.  I sent Jo photos of the trophy and the new engraving last January.  She wrote to me showing great appreciation.

Another matter that Jo told me about at the Convention, was her trips to Iceland on behalf of the BHS. She loved the horses and people in Iceland and went there many times.

We have lost a very special Fellow.

Sue Payne

September 2016

Helen Barton-Smith BHSI

It is with great sadness that I have to inform you that Helen Barton-Smith BHSI passed away at 6.15am on Saturday 27 June following a brave fight against cancer. Many of you will have come into contact with Helen in her capacity as a BHS Instructor, Proprietor of BHS approved Pippin Equestrian Centre and BHS Assessor.
The initial information that we have is that on Thursday 9 July a private family cremation will take place and this will be followed by a church service for family, friends and colleagues. We do not yet have full confirmation of the date nor details of the time or venue of the service but if you would like to be kept informed, please contact Julie Garbutt 07808 141009


Helen’s funeral will be on Thursday 9 July, 12.30. St Mary’s Church, Gillingham, Dorset, SP8 4AW

Margot Tiffany BHSI

Margot Tiffany receiving the Bodynfoel Award from BHS President Martin Clunes in 2012
Margot Tiffany receiving the Bodynfoel Award from BHS President Martin Clunes in 2012

The BHS and F & I Association have been shocked and saddened by the unexpected death of former trustee Margot Tiffany BHSI at home on Thursday 9 April.

Based in Yorkshire, Margot began her equestrian career with the Staintondale Pony Club, passing her ‘A’ Test and never looking back.

Achievement of the BHSI qualification ultimately followed and few equestrian organisations have not benefited from Margot’s experience and expertise.  In particular, British Riding Clubs and British Dressage offer her an enormous debt of gratitude for her tireless work.

Margot was a passionate advocate of The British Horse Society qualification system and successfully trained innumerable candidates.  Her pioneering teaching efforts in China led to two individuals gaining the BHSAI qualification – a source of enormous pride for this dedicated lady.

Always able to bring people together in her true belief of the Society’s aims and objectives, Margot volunteered on several County Committees, taking the Chairman’s seat on no less than three occasions for BHS Merseyside, BHS Durham and BHS North East Yorkshire.

Margot also served as a BHS Trustee from 2008 to 2011 with particular interests in Qualifications and Training, Education and Welfare.

Year after year Margot rose to the challenges facing her, always cheerful, optimistic and skilfully able. One of Margot’s close friends described her as “Yorkshire through and through – like a stick of Scarborough rock”!

The horse world held Margot in high esteem, not least for her wisdom, sense and sensibility – qualities integral to her roles as an International Trainer, Judge and Chief Examiner. Her achievements were recognised in 2012 when she received the prestigious Bodynfoel Award for excellent service in promoting the work of the BHS (pictured). Margot promoted goodwill and collaboration across the equestrian community and her contribution to the continued success of the Society was without question.

BHS Chief Executive Lynn Petersen said:

“We are all shocked by the sudden loss of our lovely friend. Margot was one of a kind, beloved by everyone who knew her.

Countless horses and riders around the world owe their very existence to her talent for developing potential. Margot Tiffany was an ambassador for all that is best about horses and riders and the BHS…and we will miss her.”



Lady Audrey Townley FBHS

A Fellow of the BHS, although not a member of this Association, Lady Audrey Townley nee Horne died aged 96 on 30th September 2015. One of the BHS’s earliest members and a published author she gained her Fellowship in 1954 one of only 20 at the time. Lady Townley had the successful Borwick Riding School, she retired to Dalbeattie in Scotland in her late 60’s, a popular person who left a legacy of dedication and enthusiasm amongst her students.

Danny Pevsner FBHS

The British Horse Society is sad to announce the death of Daniel (Danny) Pevsner FBHS, who has passed away in Israel aged 73.

Having suffered from cancer for the last few months, Danny had returned to his native Israel to be with his daughter.

He will be acutely missed and remembered across the globe for his great skill and knowledge, which was developed as a Fellow of the BHS and as a former pupil of The Spanish Riding School of Vienna.

William Micklem offered these words in memory of Danny: “For the last forty-five years I have been privileged to have had an occasional but regular conversation with Danny about equestrian matters.

“Ironically his huge depth of knowledge, intelligence and seriousness was probably a barrier to many and often removed him from the mainstream training conversation.

“But he was an incisive, precise thinker and a man who cared deeply about both doing things well and doing things humanely.

“Sometimes treasure slips through our collective hands… but I always travel with these words from him:

“‘A well-schooled horse: The horse’s head rotates forward and up at a point just behind the ears, while the lower jaw softens.  Its neck, too, stretches forward and up, into a slight arch, as the back lengthens and widens. The horse’s limb action appears to originate in its back, which indeed is the centre of motion. Breathing is regular, and the back is smoothly pulsating all the time, imparting grace and elasticity to the movement. The expression on the face of the horse is that of great contentment.’”

Molly Sivewright FBHS

F & I Association deeply saddened by the passing of Molly Sivewright FBHS

Molly Sivewright, a Fellow of The British Horse Society and founder of The Talland School of Equitation, passed away on Wednesday 28 August aged 89.

Mrs Sivewright was one of the greatest equestrian instructors this country has seen.  She became a Fellow of The British Horse Society in 1961, was a Fellow of the Institute of the Horse (FIH) and a Fellow of the Association of British Riding Schools.

In 1975, as Chair of the Exams Sub-Committee, Mrs Sivewright introduced the BHS Horse Knowledge and Riding (HK&R) Stage Exams and the BHS Intermediate Teaching Exam into the BHS examination structure.  She was also instrumental in developing the use of anatomy and physiology into the training of horses and wrote two widely acclaimed books in the Thinking Riding series, as well as Lessons on the Lunge for Horse and Rider.

Mrs Sivewright was a List 1 dressage judge and an international judge for show hacks and Arabs.  She also held official authorisation to run courses for judges, riders and horses at national and international standard and enjoyed sharing her knowledge and expertise through a variety of lectures and demonstrations.

Lynn Petersen, Chief Executive of The British Horse Society said: “Molly has left a beautiful legacy for all of us.  She will be missed by her family and friends and The British Horse Society.  Most of all, she will be remembered forever.”

William Miflin

In Memoriam: William Miflin 1968 – 2013.  

William was a great husband, father to Thomas and Georgia, a great horseman and a dedicated and encouraging coach. His premature departure from this world is a sad loss to us all.  William’s enthusiasm for life, his commitment to others and his selfless passion for helping and supporting those around him will be very fondly remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

I first met William in the late 80’s and I have always been struck by his drive and determination with whatever he set his mind to achieving.

He rode successfully at four-star level with the great Passadena II, whom he produced himself and completed five Badminton’s and four Burghley’s.  He achieved an Amada dish in 1997 for five Badminton completions; a remarkable achievement in itself, made even more special as each completion was on Passadena.  As a partnership they were also long listed for two Olympic Games.

In 2000 William achieved his BHSI and also became a BE Accredited Trainer. William’s love and commitment to the Pony Club was evident in the many things that he did, from training winning Pony Club event teams through to stewarding at the Pony Club Championships for three consecutive years.

William bravely battled cancer for several years with the same positive determination that he had shown throughout all walks of his life.  All the while still coaching, helping and supporting others.

William very much appreciated the support that he received from the F and I Association.  One of the last conversations I had with William was about how much he valued and appreciated the support that had been shown to him through the gift of the iPad.  This enabled him to connect to friends unseen and keep abreast with all the news and especially for the very kind and much appreciated donations that will enable Thomas and Georgia to follow in William’s footsteps and continue their riding.  One of William’s great desires was that his children have the opportunity to enjoy and experience equestrian life as he did.

I would like to say “thank you William, you were a great friend, we will all miss you, but I for one know that I shall never forget you”.


Rest in peace, in the great hunting field in the sky.

Lizzel Winter

Kenneth Clawson

Kenneth Clawson FBHS died on the 11th December 2012 having lost his battle with leukaemia.

Kenneth was a long term member of the F and I Association and had taken several of our 2 day Annual courses, helping and supporting both riders and coaches in their own development.

He always had a twinkle in his eye and positive approach with all types of horses. His witty stories caused much laughter at the dinners at the end of the day.

We were so fortunate as an Association to benefit from his wealth of experience that he had gained over the years working with Team GB in the Eventing world as their show jumping trainer.

Our thoughts are with Kenneths’ partner Paul, his family and close friends

Jane Goldsmith 1941 – 2012

It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of Jane Goldsmith FBHS last night. Jane, known to all of us, was a source of inspiration to many, was a leading exponent of para equestrian throughout the world as well as a highly respected trainer in all disciplines. A former Chief Examiner for the British Horse Society, Jane was an FEI Para Steward and acted in many cases as an expert witness. Last year, she was presented with the Queen’s Award for Equestrianism for her outstanding service. She will be dearly missed by us all.

The funeral will take place this coming Monday 11th June at Gaydon Parish Church Warwickshire at 11am.

The Family have requested that instead of flowers a donation made to ‘The Para Dressage Training Trust’

C/o R Locke and Son


Pat Smallwood FBHS

A truly exceptional lady, Pat Smallwood FBHS, who died in 1998 left a legacy to many current instructors and trainers within the BHS and the equestrian industry.

Pat, or Miss Smallwood as she was usually called, owned Radnage House Riding School. This was run as a successful commercial family business, but there was much more to Pat Smallwood and Radnage than met the eye. She was very interested and involved in all sections of the equestrian world and once Pat became interested in something she became involved in it. There are two examples which I can remember clearly.

The first occasion involved the Pony Club when Pat asked my opinion of the PC ‘A’ test. At that time I was a Pony Club branch Chief Instructor and trained and examined candidates for the ‘A’ test. The exam format included an initial assessment of riding the horses outside. Should a candidate fail this section, then they were not permitted to ride in the Dressage section in the afternoon.

Pat was against this and wanted to change the approach and allow the candidates to sit the Dressage section regardless of the outcome of riding outside. I was in total agreement with this as well, in order that the candidates would know where they were in their overall competence at this level. Historically, this subject had been taken off the PC Conference when Pat brought it up again. The Chairman said she would consider the point . . . when Pat said very politely, but very determinedly, that it had been under consideration for five years and needed changing now – and the chairman agreed! From that point on, the PC ‘A’ test ran as Pat Smallwood had suggested.

Secondly, Radnage was an excellent centre for Riding for the Disabled (RDA). Many of the established BHS Instructors (Gill Watson FBHS, myself and many others) taught in the groups throughout the country, although many of the group instructors held no formal qualifications. At this time the RDA Association was expanding rapidly. Several of us (Jane Wykeham Musgrave, myself and Pat among them) formulated the RDA Group Instructor qualification and later, the RDA Instructor Qualification. These embedded part of the BHS Intermediate Instructor exam into the standard. Through the development and instigation of these training qualifications the RDA would probably not be where it is now without Pat Smallwood’s foresight.

She was also interested in developing and supporting her staff and pupils. She wanted from them the best they could give and achieve. She would help anyone, but woe betide those who thought they were better than they were! Taking an exam without Pat saying that you were good enough was unwise. When Pat asked “When are you going to take the BHSI” (or any other exam), meant that only then were you considered to be ready.

Gill Watson (team trainer for the Junior and Young Rider British Eventing Teams) was Chief Instructor at Radnage. Pat never bragged about the Eventing successes of Gill, but she was so proud. I’m sure she looks down on us and cherishes the continued successes of Gill as coach, particularly for her amazing successes with the GBR Junior and Young Rider teams over many years.

Unfortunately, Pat didn’t have a long and happy retirement. She moved to Gloucestershire with her family, and soon after contracted cancer. She died in January 1998 but left money to be given as an annual award to a hard working, destitute Instructor really keen to progress.

The Pat Smallwood Trophy (sculpted by Jo Knowles FBHS)

You can probably guess the type of person she would want the award to go to. Not those with support and backing from family or sponsors; not to those having great success in the competition world; but to those working their socks off in the industry that are poor but enthusiastic and keen to gain experience and qualifications in order to help their pupils achieve. In 1988 The Pat Smallwood Award was set up and administered by six trustees.

The money would have run out years ago, but additional funding was donated from Pat’s clients who donated more, boosting the initial amount. Pat’s generosity was contagious as other Instructors delivered their own training days donated their fees to the fund. One person ran the London marathon to raise funding, while the Fellows and Instructors Association (F&I) added to the pot for many years, and so kept the award alive.

In 2008 the Trustees agreed to wind up the Pat Smallwood Award and in 2009 six recipients received an equal share of the remaining money. The award had been running for more than 22 years (there were two years when no suitable nominations were received, so the Award was not given). In addition to the financial benefits that the Award brought to a recipient, was a beautiful horse’s head sculpture designed by Jo Knowles FBHS. This is still awarded annually through the F&I Association and is presented to an Instructor who has put exceptional effort into the Equestrian Industry in a voluntary capacity.

Recipients of the Pat Smallwood Award are:

1988 Malcolm Brown
1989 Sally Newcomb
1990 Juliet Snelson
1991 Adam Kemp
1992 Barry Iedema
1993 Lizzel Winter
1994 Mandy Luesley
1995 Amanda Wood
1996 Mark Townsend
1997 Karen Eacock
1998 Anna Ross
1999 Jill Grant
2000 Jane Adderley
2001 Kate Brown and Jonathon Willis
2002 Sarah Bassett
2003 Rebecca Monk
2004 not awarded
2005 Andrew Fetcher
2006 Sophie Cox
2007 Rachel Tilson
2008 not awarded
2009 Joanna Barry, Ian Cast, Carol Haines, Helen Hawkins, Amy Knight, Rosie Thomas

Now that you have read the background of this amazing lady and the Pat Smallwood Award, please consider if you know of a worthy future recipient and contact Jillie Rogers (current Chairman of the F&I Association) at

by Sue Payne FBHS