Safety awards presented in name of Sefton

1st December 2010

Outstanding contributions in the field of riding and road safety were recognised at The British Horse Society’s Sefton Awards, held at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment's Barracks, Knightsbridge, London.

The awards were set up by the Society in 1984, as a legacy to Sefton, a Household Cavalry horse who survived the IRA bombings in London in 1982. Sefton was 19 years old at the time of the bombings. He underwent eight hours of surgery and became a household name.

This year there were two recipients, Jon Philips from Newbury, Berkshire and Jack Malcolm from Chippenham, Wiltshire.

Jon Philips is an expert in matters relating to equestrian transport, a sector in which changes in regulation have been frequent and confusing. The BHS noted, amongst other things, that he is ever ready to give advice on safety matters with the sole aim of helping drivers stay safe and legally compliant when they venture out on the road.

Jon said: “I’m honoured to receive this award.  This is definitely one of the proudest days of my life.”

Jack Malcolm was recognised for his invaluable contribution to the advancement of equine safety.  A dedicated teacher, he derives great satisfaction from passing on his knowledge to others so that they can ride more safely. The pass rate for the Riding & Road Safety Exam amongst his students is almost 100 percent.

Jack said: “I’m absolutely delighted to receive the Sefton Award, but this honour is not just for me, it is for all of the people that I work with.”