SISTER CHIARA, CHERRIE HATTON HALL

I have always felt lucky that my initial training as a Working Pupil was at Moat House Benenden, under the tutelage of Mrs Cherrie Hatton Hall. I arrived as a rather self- important holder of the B Test, was carefully and quietly put onto the right tracks and ended up a competent BHSAI all thanks to Mrs Hatton Hall, and with Cherrie’s voice in my ear I progressed to become a BHSI.

As staff we were not allowed to call her Cherrie only the schoolgirls – Ginny Leng Bedgebury Park School and Princess Anne Benenden School could call her Cherrie. A tough boss expecting your all as a trainee or member of staff she also instilled into us a strong work ethic and love for each horse we worked with.

Cherrie’s Faith was very strong and following the death of her husband, ‘The Captain’ she struggled on for a while before taking the veil, joining The Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood. She told me, later, that as a Novitiate in the Convent she found an inner strength as kitchen work and work in the laundry was very hard and definitely not what she was used to. As soon as she was able the Franciscan Order encouraged her to go to the RDA Centre at Cranleigh to coach. She also examined in her habit for many years, candidates found this strange but she so quickly put them at ease. Cherrie then travelled the world helping the RDA to ensure that their own Instructors were aware of correct and safe coaching techniques. In Singapore she became known as the Galloping Nun and this became the title of her biography.
Cherrie came to the F&I Ladies Day at Hickstead a couple of times, brought by a member of the BHS staff. A few years ago I visited her at Ladywell Convent Godalming, along with Alison Craig, on that day I was struck by her simplistic way of viewing the ups and downs of her own life, her tenacity and her Faith.

Jillie Rogers

Pat Burgess MBE

I hope you will indulge me as I give a short eulogy to another great lady who, whilst not BHS qualified, coached and influenced so many of us.
Here I quote “Pat was a seriously – fantastic show jumping coach, working with the British Eventing Teams and the likes of Lucinda Green”.
Pat also, worked tirelessly for the RDA as co-founder of Wilton’s Riding for the Disabled.

I remember taking jumping lessons with Pat and being given a piece of paper, which I found in the last Lockdown, on it was written the following as presented:
R…………Rhythm
I…………..Impulsion
B………….Balance
S………….Suppleness
With love from Pat.
That was my ‘Scale of Training’ for many years.

Jillie Rogers

Rosie Cockerton

Rosie first came into my life when I went to Porlock Vale Equitation Centre as an Intermediate/ stage four student on a Training Opportunities grant. Rosie was my teaching practice mentor and also taught speech therapy and voice production.

Before her employment at Porlock, Rosie had been a student at the Wirral School, with Geoffrey Hatton.
Rosie told me of an occasion when Geoffrey Hatton asked her to kneel on all fours, and then sat on her back to explain how to use the Germanic pushing seat!

Between the Wirral and Porlock, Rosie was employed in the theatre business, and for a while was a magician’s assistant, being sawn in half, and disappearing off the stage!
When John and Dale Lassetter left Porlock Vale, Rosie became the Principal of the school, until she decided to go her own way and teach and hunt on her beloved Exmoor.

She also dabbled in breeding her own hunters and event horses.
Once I went to Portugal with Rosie, Betty Howett FBHS, and Tessa Counsell BHSII, for a week of riding lessons, with the late Nuno Oliveira, and Rosie was the life and soul of the group. After a short spell of being the principal of Porlock Vale myself, I moved on to become the Head of the Equine department at Bicton College in Devon, and a few years later Rosie joined me and taught the BHSAI students both dressage and jumping, as well as stable management.

Rosie was never really content teaching in the college, and once more retired to Exmoor to hunt, breed horses and teach. I then lost contact with her, as many of her former friends did.

Unfortunately Rosie contracted cancer and also Covid-19 which eventually caused her demise.

Peter Cook

Betty Howett

I can only talk about Betty’s return to Porlock, after she left Potomac.
From the first time I met Betty she was always very kind to me, offering advice and useful hints whenever I was riding, when she came down to Porlock Vale Equitation Centre to ride her own horse.

Betty very quickly built up her own clientele in the South West and then built her own outside dressage arena.
Once she was established as a dressage instructor Betty then began buying and selling horses, and encouraged me to work with her, by buying horses that she had seen whilst out teaching. These horses I then schooled on for a few weeks or months and then Betty would help me to sell them.

This really helped me to progress as a rider, but the real transformation came when Betty encouraged me to organise a trip to her good friend Nuno Oliveira in Portugal. Whilst in the USA Betty had organised many clinics for Nuno, and had absorbed many of his teaching philosophies. Interestingly Rosie Cockerton was one of the members of the group, along with another friend Tessa Counsell, and of course Betty. That week was the most formative week of my life, completely transforming my riding and teaching.

So, I have many reasons to remember Betty as a friend and mentor.

Betty carried on teaching up until two weeks before she died, and there must be thousands of people both in the U.K. and the U.S.A. who will miss her very much.

Peter Cook

Sister Chiara Hatton Hall

From Jillie – on her “Other Mother”…:

In March 1967 I started my training as a Working Pupil under the tutelage of Mrs Cherrie Hatton Hall at Moat House Benenden.  There were two yards – Moat House which boasted an L shaped stable block with tack room and feed room, an indoor school, a jumping lane and in summer arenas outside in the paddock.  Approximately half a mile down the road was School Farm here were the majority of the stables including a converted milking parlour and just across the drive from the tack room School Farmhouse where Cherrie and Nigel (The Captain) lived.  School Farm was to be my ‘yard’ during my training to become that very self-important BHSAI and over the next couple of summers when I returned to help with the influx of summer students.

To the staff Cherrie was always Mrs Hatton Hall, BUT the school girls could call her Cherrie.  I remember Princess Anne’s detective cycling up the road after the minibus when she and the other Benenden girls were collected for their lessons.  We would bring the horses up from School Farm and then wait to walk them back after the lesson, so we cleaned tack in the Moat House tackroom – just how was it PA’s (as she was referred to) apple for the horse was ALWAYS so much bigger than anyone else’s?

Cherrie was likely to arrive on the yard at School Farm first thing in the morning just prior to driving up to The Moat.  “Quick quick she’s coming” and then “This yard is filthier than my kitchen” we would hear – and that was saying something!!!  We got a little bit fed up, so as one of the girls at Moat House was going out with the local garage mechanic we hatched a plan.  On a day when the garage owner was not going to be there we crept out onto the drive and carefully removed the hub caps from the precious MG – after a quick walk onto the yard Mrs HH drove off up the road to much rattling!!  On reaching Moat House she was in despair, meanwhile said girl suggested it go down to the garage.  Off she went, to be met by the mechanic who promised to look at the problem.  Later in the day the MG was returned to Moat House as good as new.  No charge as he was pleased to be able to help but keep it quiet from his Boss!!  When I visited Sister Chiara at the Convent about 5 years ago the precious MG was brought into the conversation. “Little Jillie do you remember that day”?  I confessed and we all giggled about one of my many misdemeanours.

Following the death of The Captain, Cherrie tried to soldier on but decided to ‘take the veil’.  She was always known as Sister Chiara, never Sister Cherrie, as that was the name she took.  On that visit I took my copy of ‘The Galloping Nun’ for her to sign, and we had such a lovely afternoon reminiscing.

How glad am I that I did my initial training with such a great woman. Much love from so many of us Cherrie – there can never be another Charity Mary (Cherrie), Sister Chiara Hatton Hall FBHS.

And the obituary from The Times online:

Sister Chiara Hatton Hall – obituary

Equestrian judge who taught Princess Anne to ride and was nicknamed the ‘galloping nun’ after swapping jodhpurs for a habit
Cherrie Hatton Hall learnt in 1962 that she would be giving riding lessons to Princess Anne, who was a pupil at Benenden School in Kent. “I was called to see Miss Clarke, the head mistress,” she recalled. “She said that the police officer on guard would come down each time Princess Anne came to ride and that we may have problems with the press and so on, and she said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t drop her because she’s got brittle bones’.”

The princess was a conscientious student, but Hatton Hall recalled that the future Olympic equestrian had much to learn. “Before, I think she had just got on and ridden at home with her groom, not being told how to ride, and this was a different sort of schooling.” On another occasion, Hatton Hall had to emphasise that “halt means halt”, even to a princess. Anne’s request to wear spurs while riding because “uncle Dickie [Mountbatten] says I should” was firmly discouraged.

Virginia Leng, who became the world eventing champion and winner of four Olympic medals, was another pupil.
Riding and royalty were Hatton Hall’s world. A scion of Anglo-Irish aristocracy, she had been presented at Court in 1948, married an army officer and taught riding to the international social elite. Yet when widowed at 42 she exchanged her jodhpurs for a Franciscan habit, embracing a life of poverty, chastity and obedience. The Franciscans are an order that maintains a working life and Hatton Hall became an instructing judge on a diocesan marriage tribunal. Then, at the suggestion of an imaginative superior, she took up the reins once more, this time at the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA) centre in Cranleigh.

Between judging top-flight dressage competitions she travelled the world, teaching riding instructors how to bring self-respect and joy to mentally and physically disabled adults and children. In Singapore she appeared on posters and T-shirts riding a black horse with her white veil flying in the wind, leading to her being known as “the galloping nun”.

Charity Mary Kendall was born in Southsea, Hampshire, in 1930, the daughter of Charles Kendall, an officer in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, Cara (née Pelly), who was from Ireland. She had a younger brother, John, and two much younger sisters, Juliet and Alex. They were largely raised by Coco, a friend who lived with the family. They moved to Alton, in Hampshire, where the children had their first pony, Tom Thumb, and then South Kensington, where Cherrie’s earliest schooling was at the Convent of the Assumption in Kensington Square. On the eve of war her father bought Great Nineveh, a 100-acre farm in Benenden, Kent.

In 1946 Cherrie was sent to stay with a Swiss family in Lausanne. There she learnt to ski, took riding lessons and played ping-pong with American soldiers. By then her Catholic faith was important. “Since those days, I have always got up very early in the morning and used that time for prayer,” she wrote.

She spent time riding in Ireland and back in Britain created the Benenden Riding Establishment with her father at Great Nineveh. Life became a whirl of cross-country, showjumping and dressage. She watched the equestrian events at the 1948 London Olympics, rode at Badminton in 1953, hunted near Baghdad with the Royal Harithea, and enjoyed an extended stay on an uncle’s ranch in Washington state.

In 1951 she met Nigel Hatton Hall when he helped to push her car out of the mud after Mass one Sunday. He was aide-de-campe to General Sir Alec Bishop, a postwar regional commissioner for North Rhine- Westphalia. “The story goes that I put my hand out of the window with sixpence to give him and said ‘Thank you, my good man’,” she wrote.

They were married at Brompton Oratory in 1955 and were both involved in Benenden Riding Establishment, which drew wealthy clients from around Europe. The following year her horse Bright Prospect was selected for the three-day event team at the Olympic Games in Stockholm, but fell lame and did not compete.

Eventually there were tensions with her father and the Hatton Halls left to set up their own establishment, Moat riding school, just down the road. An accommodation was reached where Benenden Riding Establishment trained adults and the Moat took children. Thus it was that Princess Anne became a pupil. Increasingly Hatton Hall was becoming known in the wider horse world and in 1961 she was made a Fellow of the British Horse Society, a rare accolade. Her husband, an alcoholic, died in 1972.

The stress of running a business, the trauma of being estranged from her parents and the misery of being a young widow were too much and in 1974 she entered the novitiate. Later she told how “having been in charge of a business for 20 odd years and married”, the change of pace came as a shock. There were no books in her cell, she had the bare minimum of clothing and her life was one of obedience. In time she was able to return to examining for the British Horse Society, doing so for 20 years clad in her nun’s habit.

During a year at Beda College in Rome she was not permitted to drive. She studied pastoral theology and canon law and, having made her final profession in 1981, became an “office boy” for the diocesan tribunal office at Archbishop’s House in Southwark, recalling that the archbishop was very kind “because I was off for quite a number of days, either to meetings or running round after people or horses”.

In 1971 Princess Anne was appointed patron of the RDA, becoming president in 1985. She oversaw a presentation to Hatton Hall in 2001 in which the “galloping nun” was named life vice-president of the RDA.

Hatton Hall’s memoir, The Galloping Nun, was published in 2013, while her “fire and brimstone” lectures earned her the nickname among her nephews of “the Penguin”, after the austere Sister Mary Stigmata in the film The Blues Brothers (1980). One of them said that when she was with horses, it was as if she had a magic wand: “She could identify a problem down to one little muscle, and then through patient exercise the problem would melt away. Cherrie spoke the language of equus fluently.”

Sister Chiara Hatton Hall, nun and riding instructor, was born on August 15, 1930. She died on September 23, 2020, aged 90

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.

IN MEMORY OF CLARISSA

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.

LYNNE BALDWIN BHSI

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
Woodcutts
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP5 5RT

Tom Searle

Tom Searle was a friend, colleague & and inspirational coach to many people. Tom’s death came as a shock and has highlighted the importance of raising awareness of mental health in the equestrian industry. Despite how therapeutic horses can be, the industry does come with its stresses and struggles, not to mention long hours, tiring physical work and the constant ups and downs of striving for success within a competitive environment. Tom loved to be involved in training days with the F&I Association and would attend often with a full box load of young horses.

Tom was one of our up and coming and more active members and we wanted to recognise an individual within the association who shows all the elements of being SUPPORTIVE, INVOLVED & INSPIRATIONAL and now annually award a member with those attributes, the Tom Searle Award.

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.

DONN COLLINS BHSI

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.