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.