Friday 11 September 2009
During the Association’s AGM held on Tuesday, 8th September 2009, the following people were awarded with Honorary Life Members of the Association :
ANDREW BLACK FROM EAST LOTHIAN, SCOTLAND
Andrew has been involved with show jumping for many years with all four of his children competing on both horses and ponies and each of them qualified at some stage in their careers for the Horse of the Year Show. His daughter, Isobel, and Son, Andrew Jnr, still compete today and his granddaughter is also keeping up the family tradition on the pony circuit. Andrew first joined Scottish Branch Council as Area Representative for Edinburgh in 1987, a position he still holds today. He was Chairman of Champions of Scotland Show in 1993 and 1994 and held the office of Chairman of the Scottish Stewards between 1992 and 1994. He was elected as Chairman of Scottish Branch from 1995 – 1998 and represented the Branch on the BSJA Executive Board. Andrew was a Judge for many years from the 1970s until his recent retirement. He is a very generous sponsor of show jumping in Scotland and has been a major sponsor at the Royal Highland Show for over 20 years. He runs a successful family haulage business and the company livery of black and red is a familiar sight on the rosettes for the classes he so generously sponsors.
LIZ EDGAR FROM WARWICKSHIRE
Liz, sister to David Broome and married to Ted Edgar, is a former leading International Show Jumper. At the age of twelve Liz made her first appearance at the Horse of the Year Show and by the age of fifteen she was sweeping the board at county shows. Liz has represented her country on numerous occasions and has won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup a record five times in 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1986. In 1980 she became the first woman ever to win the Aachen Grand Prix on Everest Forever. In 1971, Liz gave birth to a daughter, Marie, who also went on to represent her country and be crowned Individual Junior & Young Rider European Show Jumping Champion for four consecutive years from 1988-1991. A member of the Executive Board since 1997, Liz was appointed Vice-Chairman in 2001 and made Chairman of the UK Show Jumping Development Committee in 2008 and is still actively involved with British Show Jumping.
SALLY LOCH FROM STAFFORDSHIRE
Sally was born in the heart of the racing fraternity in Epsom and from an early age was riding out at various racing stables. In 1952 Sally married Peter Loch, an RAF Pilot who was posted to RAF Cosford in 1968 and Sally soon became involved with the RAF Saddle Club. In 1971 Sally, along with a few loyal helpers, turned one of the aircraft hangers into an indoor arena and ran Junior & Senior BSJA shows there throughout the winter for some 20 years. Sally trained with Jon Doney as a Course Builder in 1976 and also became a Judge at around the same time which enabled her to course build and judge at RAF Cosford. Sally’s three daughters, Jacqueline, Jane and Wendy all rode and mixed their riding careers with helping to run the shows, preparing and maintaining the arenas. In 1972 the family became friends with Fred Hartill and RAF Cosford became a training ground for the great Pennwood Forge Mill. Sally still judges at many BSJA shows as well as helping at Pony Club, BHS and BSPS events and her enthusiasm for horse sport is still evident for all to see.
ANN MARTIN FROM NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Ann has always had a love for horses and as a child she was a member of her local Pony club. She married Peter Martin in the late 1950’s and was soon following Peter around the country course building with two small children in tow. Ann became a Time Judge in the mid 1970’s and was promoted to the full Judges panel soon afterwards. In 1989 Ann was appointed Deputy Area Representative for Northamptonshire, a position that she still holds to this day. Ann, for many years, has been show secretary for numerous shows including the successful Castle Ashby Show and manages to combine this alongside her Judging commitments. Her dedication and tireless voluntary work for show jumping has made Ann an outstanding ambassador of the Association and we hope she continues to enjoy her involvement for many years to come.
PETER MARTIN FROM NORTHAMPTONSHIRE
Peter first became involved with Show Jumping when he volunteered to help out with the Collecting Ring at the British Timken Show. He was soon promoted to helping the Course Designer, Mike Hickman, in Ring two which then started his love of course designing and he soon became the resident Course Designer for the British Timken Riding Club. Peter started training to be a BSJA Course Builder in 1967 under the tutelage of the late John Gross, and built his first BSJA show at City of Birmingham in 1971. Peter has been amongst the team of Course Designers at The Horse of the Year Show and The Royal International Horse and was appointed as Advanced Course Designer in 1992. He is now also a Supervisory Course Designer. Peter was asked to become a BSJA Judge in 1965 and to this day, is still actively involved with judging at both BSJA and British Eventing events.
JEAN PATERSON FROM ANGUS
Jean has a long-standing association with show jumping with both her children, Sheena and Graham competing on ponies and horses. She was Area Representative for Tayside from 1984 to 2008. During this time Jean held the office of Chairman of Scottish Branch from 1992 to 1995 and represented the Branch on the BSJA Executive Board. Following her term of office as Chairman she then took on the role of Chairman of Finance for the Branch from 1995 until 2002. Jean has been a Judge since the 1970s and was also a Pony Club show jumping Steward for many years. Her son, Graham, is a BSJA Course Designer and Jean continues to be actively involved with the sport as a Judge. She is also a great supporter of all equestrian events, particularly in Angus and Fife.
GEORGE PEACOCK FROM NORTH YORKSHIRE
George learned to ride himself as a boy and went on to ride with the Hurworth Hunt, eventually hanging up his boots in 2000. George and his late wife, Ruth, hosted hunt meets for the Hurworth Hunt branch of the Pony Club at Leake Hall where they farmed for over 50 years. George was an active member of the Pony Club Committee for some 15 years. He continues to judge show jumping at the branch’s horse trials and team show jumping as well as all the local shows that he has supported for many years. George also enjoys working with BSJA trainees and supports them as they become full panel Judges. Taking a leading role in the organisation of show jumping at his local show at Borrowby, George works tirelessly, often for over 12 hours until the last class has finished. George is well respected for his knowledge, experience and commitment and his amazing ability to concentrate for long periods while judging show jumping of all standards.
MALCOLM PYRAH FROM NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
Malcolm started riding at local gymkhanas from the age of 11. On leaving school he went into the Civil Service and it was not until he was 23 that he decided on a career with horses. Malcolm’s first appearance on a Nations Cup Team was in Madrid in 1972, a competition which Britain won. He has seen phenomenal success with several memorable horses, including the talented, Towerlands Anglezarke. With Anglezarke he represented Britain for many years on Nations Cup teams, including the Gold Medal winning team at the European Championships in Dinard in 1985 and St Gallen in 1987 and went on to represent Britain at the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988. In April 1980 Malcolm was awarded the British Equestrian Federation’s Medal of Honour for his services to British Show Jumping and during the 1990’s he was appointed Team Trainer to the British Young Riders Show Jumping Team. Malcolm has since retired from show jumping but still has a keen interest in the sport and owns many show jumping horses.
KEITH WATSON FROM SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Keith was first introduced to Show Jumping in 1959 with the Dearne Agricultural Society and he became a Trainee Judge with the BSJA in 1961 and subsequently went on to become a Full Panel Judge. In 1980, Keith took over the responsibility of looking after the Area 16 timing equipment and still holds this position today. Keith was selected to be Time Judge at the Pony European Show Jumping Championships when they were held in Lincoln in the 1980’s and over the years he has judged at many great County Shows such as Great Yorkshire, Newark and Notts and Lincolnshire County. Keith has made a considerable contribution to the training of the current panel of Judges in South & West Yorkshire and is a great asset to the Area.
TERRY WATSON FROM SOUTH YORKSHIRE
Terry first became involved with Show Jumping as a member of the Pony Club and in 1959 was invited by the Area 16 Committee to become a trainee Judge and worked alongside Eric Roberts and Bill Morris. Terry was appointed to the Judges panel in 1965 and was responsible for the Area 16 timing equipment from 1970 to 1980. Over the years Terry has judged at county shows and show centres all over the country including Great Yorkshire, Newark and Notts, Bramham, and the Festival of Show Jumping. Terry has been a member of the South and West Yorkshire Area Committee for many years and was Deputy Area Representative to Leslie Credland and David Ambler until he retired in December 2008. Terry has been a great servant to the Area and is ever available to advise and help.