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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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We 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…

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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…

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I 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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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