BHS Queen's Award for Equestrianism

28th July 2011

Mrs Jane Goldsmith FBHS is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious British Horse Society Queen’s Award for Equestrianism.

The Award, which is made on the recommendation of the Trustees of The British Horse Society, is “For Outstanding Services to Equestrianism”.

Jane, a former chief examiner for the BHS, has trained many students for all exams up to Fellowship standard. A successful competitor in showjumping, eventing and dressage she has trained competitors in all disciplines notably Sarah Cotton on Morag to advanced level eventing.

However, it is her work in the development of para dressage that really sets Jane apart. Not only has she coached many riders to paralympic standard (notably Lee Pearson), she has become a respected leading figure in this discipline both in the UK and worldwide. This has culminated in her becoming in 2009 a five star para judge, which is the highest level possible.

On receiving her award, Mrs Goldsmith said: “This is a very exciting award to have won. It goes without saying that without the friends and support I have had from the BHS this would not have been possible. It has been particularly special for me to be accompanied today by Jane Holderness-Roddam, who is a previous winner herself and for whom I have the greatest admiration.”

BHS Chairman Dr Phil Wadey said: “This is an instance of a recipient who might have earned the Award for any one of several achievements – as a distinguished competitor, coach, examiner or administrator. But it is her work to develop the world-beating British para dressage team that earned for Jane her position at the head of the list of high achieving equestrians.”

The Award was presented by Mrs Susan Pyper, Lord-Lieutenant of West Sussex. She said: “I am delighted to be able to be here to present this award to Jane on behalf of HM The Queen. Jane is a very worthy and modest recipient whose contribution to equestrianism on many levels is second to none. It is a privilege to have met her.”