Thursday 13th of May 2021

BEF Medal of Honour recipients recognised at Olympia

Three members of Great Britain’s para-dressage team are among the recipients of a BEF Medal of Honour, awarded to seven ambassadors of equestrianism this evening at Olympia, The London International Horse Show.


Presented by the BEF Interim Chair, Ed Warner, the ceremony took place in the main arena and recognised those who have made an outstanding contribution equestrian sport. The recipients join a cohort of 306 medal holders dating back to February 1949. 

Para-Dressage athletes, Julie Payne, Suzanna Hext and Erin Orford are recognised for their individual medal-winning performances at this year’s FEI European Championships. The trio also contributed to the team’s gold medal, maintaining Great Britain’s unbeaten record at all major championships. The fourth team member, Sophie Wells MBE, received a Medal of Honour in 2010. 

Peter Whitehead is awarded for his medical support across the equestrian disciplines and to the British teams at the Olympic, Paralympic, World and European Championships over the last 15 years. 

Alex Colquhoun is recognised for his role as Chairman of Selectors to British Eventing’s Young Rider Programme, helping to develop future British Young Rider teams and produce talented young riders who are now representing Great Britain at senior level.  

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Event Director, Elizabeth Inman receives her medal for her dedication to the prestigious international four star event, initially as Event Secretary, Assistant Director and now as Director. 

Giles Roswell is recognised for his commitment to eventing, previously as Chef d’Equipe for the eventing team in the early 1980’s and most recently as British Eventing International Director.

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