Letter from the BHS – BHS Trustee Election 2019

Dear all,

We are delighted to announce the results of the 2019 Trustee Election which were made public at the Election Board Meeting that took place on Tuesday at Head Office. Following the ballot open to all members of the Society, four new Trustees have joined the Board to bring their wealth of experience to the Society’s governance process. We also say goodbye to our retiring board members, Chairman, David Sheerin, Lotta von der Heyde (Vice-Chairman), Kirsty Handel, Christine Worthington and Martin Clemmey.

The election result was as follows:

  • BHS Specialist Trustee – Education: Sarah Simpson
  • BHS Trustee –Sally McCarthy received 1467 votes
  • BHS Trustee – Tim Lord received 1225 votes
  • BHS Trustee – Fran Mason received 1143 votes
  • BHS Trustee –Anita Quigley received 1141 votes
  • BHS Trustee –Brenda Watson received 736 votes

A total of 2373 individual members voted with each member having a choice to cast up to three votes. The voting process was carried out by an independent third party, Mi-Voice.

Tim Lord has taken on the role of Interim Chairman, elected by his fellow Trustees and a Vice-Chairman will be selected at the September Board meeting (4 September 2019). Diane Tranter, Specialist Trustee for Access, Jane Domhill Specialist Trustee for Strategic Commercial and Business Development and Ken Law Specialist Trustee for Safety remain on the Board of Trustees, each with a further term to share in accordance with their previous appointment. The new Board is in the process of recruiting Specialist role of Treasurer.

A message from the Interim Chairman, Tim Lord; “David Sheerin has been a remarkable Chairman for The British Horse Society and we are very grateful to him for his dedication and passion during his three years as Trustee and latter three years as Chairman. As David has completed the maximum six year term, my fellow Trustees and I would like to take the opportunity to thank David and recognise some of the major BHS achievements under his guidance and governance.

The Society has soared to new heights with David as Chairman, building on the solid foundation passed on to him by Chairmen and Trustees past. During our 70th year we reached our landmark 100,000 members, an achievement that David was immensely proud of and rightly so. With accolades including an increase in membership income of 70%, a growth in professional staff of 60% and reaching a volunteer resource of over 1000 volunteers. David will leave an indelible mark on The British Horse Society. During David’s tenure the BHS Education System was modernized and the Equine Excellence Pathway launched leading to a 53% increase in candidates seeking professional qualifications.  With the launch of the Challenge Awards in 2019 the BHS now has an offering for recreational riders, making the education system more accessible to a larger proportion of our growing membership. An advocate for all of our activities, David has worked tirelessly to promote and enhance our activities across Education, Welfare, Access and Safety to make us a leading voice within the equestrian industry, for the benefit of horses across the UK and Internationally.

Very best wishes,
Sarah Phillips
Chief Operating Officer

Dorothy Johnson FBHS

Dorothy Johnson, Fellow of the BHS passed away peacefully at home on 26th June, aged 96. Wife of the late Cyril Johnson. They ran the Northern equitation Centre in Aughton, Lancashire for many years before going freelance. She taught the Merseyside Mounted police for 30 years retiring at 88. She taught many many people across Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. She had written a book and had a tv series with Yorkshire Television; All About Riding.

She’s leaves daughter Janet, son in law Alan and granddaughter Ellie.

BHS General Meeting 11 June

The Board of Trustees is pleased to confirm that the General Meeting requisitioned by 42 members of the Society to propose a vote of no confidence in the Chair, Board of Trustees and the CEO was held on the 11 June. A total number of 5480 verified votes were received with 829 (15.1%) in support of the resolution and 4651 (84.9%) against. Consequently, the resolution was not carried.
This is the highest turnout for a General Meeting vote in modern history.

The Board of Trustees is grateful for the support of members who voted against the resolution and will continue to carry out the great work the Charity is recognised for. In so doing, the Society will continue to engage and listen to all of its members, employees, volunteers, key stakeholders and supporters in order that we best meet the needs of horses and all who care for them.

The ballot for the election of new trustees opens today, June 12th, and will close on July 12th. In keeping with the Constitution of the Society, the current Board of Trustees, all of whom are volunteers, will continue in office until the Election Board Meeting of 16th July when the full line up of the new Board will be announced.

Have you considered taking the Fellowship Assessment ?

The Fellowship assessment will be taking place on 6th and 7th April 2020 at Warwickshire College  

The BHS Fellowship is the highest professional standard across the equine industry and is internationally recognised.

Taking place across two days, candidates will be assessed on coaching skills, practical demonstrations, theoretical knowledge, stable management and the history of equitation.

Fewer than 80 people hold the FBHS qualification, which is recognised as the highest equestrian qualification in the world.

If you are a Stage 5 Performance Coach (formerly BHSI ) and think you have the skills, knowledge and passion to become a BHS Fellow then please forward a CV, covering letter and fee of £150 to the Education Department by 1st November 2019.

CV’s are assessed by a panel of Fellows against the following criteria:

*Competition experience

*Teaching/Coaching experience

*Presenting experience

*Previous and present occupations

*Equestrian qualifications

*Academic qualifications

*Experience developing/training horses

*Evidence developing riders

*Current training undertaken by candidate

CV’s can be emailed to Jenny Wall, jenny.wall@bhs.org.uk.   If your CV is accepted you will be invited to apply for the assessment.  The fee for the assessment is £925.  If you do not feel ready to apply this time, your CV may be held on file for up to 5 years.


Clarissa Dawson BHSI

It was with the greatest sadness that we learned of the passing of Clarissa Dawson who lost her battle with cancer on 9th March 2019. She was a much loved member of the F & I Association and many tributes and fond memories are being shared on the F & I Association Facebook page.

Horse and Hound wrote an article about Clarissa’s determination during her treatment which can be read here: http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/features/inspiring-cancer-sufferer-clarissa-dawson-psg-dressage-660090