BEF Awards 2018
2 Jan 2019
by British Carriagedriving
Medal of Honour
The British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour is an award designed to recognise activities connected with international endeavour in relation to equestrian sport and is awarded for outstanding services to the BEF or one of its Member Bodies.
British Carriagedriving are delighted that this year Jill Holah has been recognised for her commitment to the sport.
Jill has been a motivational force in Horse Driving Trials since organising the first Osberton event in 1978, with the benefit of organisational skills gained in the nine years she worked in the Burghley Three-Day Event office.
She went on to run Driving Trials at Wollaton Park and Castle Howard, as well as the National Championships at Windsor, and is still involved with event admin, although she has retired from the roles of National Course Designer, TD and Judge.
She competed herself, winning the National Championship title on nine occasions in both Single Pony and Pony Pairs.
She was first appointed as Chef d’Equipe in 1995, undertaking the complicated administrative challenge of taking the Horse Pairs to the World Championships at Gladstone, USA, three years later.
She now concentrates on the Ponies and has been their Chef d’Equipe since 2005, leading the team to many international successes.
She admits to getting huge satisfaction from helping other drivers fulfil their FEI Championship ambitions, since there were no such opportunities when she was driving.
The medal presentation was made on Thursday 20th December at the London International Horse Show, Olympia by the BEF Chief Executive Nick Fellows.
Jill Holah (centre) with Ros Canter, Team GBR eventing athlete (left) and Waveney Luke, British Para-dressage (right). Photo by Amy Mundell.
BEF Journalist of the Year
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has named Lucy Elder its Journalist of the Year for 2018, in acknowledgement of her contribution to equestrian sports coverage over the past 12 months.
The BEF Journalist of the Year award recognises great journalism in equestrian sport, celebrating the work of a written journalist, broadcaster or photographer who has gone above and beyond to promote equestrian sport over the last year.
Representatives from the BEF’s Member Bodies deliberated to decide the winner from a shortlist of eight candidates.
Special mention - Wendy Nix
Wendy Nix, who was nominated for her contribution to the sport of carriage driving, receives a special mention for her voluntary ongoing efforts to publicise the sport to a wider audience.
Wendy is a talented journalist who, for no remuneration, gives her time and talent to promoting our non-Olympic discipline of carriage driving at every opportunity.
Wendy writes with inspiration and with the same enthusiasm and sense of importance, whether she is reporting from a small club event, or our National Championships.
As a driver herself, Wendy is able to appreciate how hard organisers work to encourage and welcome new people into the discipline and this is embedded in her writing.
She is also a talented photographer, taking images with which to illustrate her articles.
British Carriagedriving are extremely grateful to Wendy for her ongoing efforts to publicise our sport to a wider audience, through her love of journalism and carriage driving.
Wendy Nix competing at Onley Grounds in 2017. Photo by Sara Jane Hayes.