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.

IN MEMORY OF CLARISSA

DONN COLLINS pays tribute to CLARISSA DAWSON, BHSI, BHS Stage 5 Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship, who sadly passed away on March 9 after a brave battle with cancer. 

As a newly appointed BHS Examiner (we were not called Assessors in those days!!) I first met Clarissa on an exam team in July 1985. Since then Clarissa has been a stalwart supporter of the BHS examination/assessment system through its different guises, serving on its exams sub-committee, working as a Chief/Lead Assessor at Level 4 and Senior Examiner/Assessor for the BHSI/Level 5 in places as diverse as Spain, Ireland and China.  On one occasion she even arrived back from Ireland at Birmingham Airport with security protection after a suspected IRA threat!! Clarissa’s loyalty to the cause was such that, even during her illness she insisted on sitting the EQL Standardisation Test, passing it with flying colours and chiding me for not telling her about it sooner!!

However it was during our FE and HE lecturing together at Warwickshire College where, previously, she had been an Equine Student, that I really came to respect Clarissa’s integrity, high standards and shrewd judgment.

I started doing one afternoon a week in Autumn 2000 and Clarissa was a welcoming and supportive mentor. If only subsequent mentors had been as good!! As my hours increased gradually, I hope that we were able to support one another juggling college commitments, freelance coaching, competing and looking after our own horses. Sharing an office for a time we exchanged training and teaching ideas and refused to drown in the ever deepening waters of electronic technology!!

On a visit to Deurne in Holland for a European Education Network Symposium, we were two of the few delegates who had not competed in European, World or Olympic championships. As our flight back was leaving earlier, it was announced that the British were to teach first to the distinguished group. Clarissa refused to teach but was invaluable hissing sharp reminders to me and delegates agreed we were much better than the Swedes who followed us!!   

Clarissa also had a distinguished competition career. Early days included childhood lessons with the late Molly Sivewright FIH, FBHS  and membership of the Warwickshire Hunt branch of the Pony Club, culminating in an A test award. Warwickshire branch members at the time included Carole Broad FBHS and Patrick Print FBHS. Clarissa was an elegant National Ladies Side Saddle Champion three times in 1992, 1994 & 1997 and twice winner of the Pas Seul with her creative costumes and routines, one being described as “raunchy” in a Horse and Hound report!!

Successful horses were her two greys Blue Button and Shadow of Doubt. Her side saddle expertise was keenly sought both in the UK and at clinics abroad. On Primiende, a mare who did so much to sustain her through gruelling bone marrow transplants and chemotherapy, she was placed at BD Regional Advanced Medium level, also gaining points at Advanced level. As recently as November 23 last year, Clarissa and Primiende were placed in an Advanced Medium music class. What better testament can there be to the fighting spirit of a lady who was committed to promoting better standards of riding and horse care during her all too brief life.

LYNNE BALDWIN BHSI

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the recent passing of Lynne Baldwin after a short illness in a hospital near Woodcuts near Salisbury in Wiltshire on 18th March.

Lynne and I trained together at Moat House Benenden in the 1970’s under the tutelage and watchful eye of Cherrie Hatton Hall (Sister Chiara). Lynne had a great sense of humour whilst being a very sympathetic and successful rider. Lynne then moved on to manage the BHS Examination Centre, Ridgewood Riding Centre, near Reigate in Surrey preparing BHS and Pony Club exam candidates whilst she became an Examiner for the BHS. Following her successful time at Ridgewood Lynne then owned a yard near Effingham and finally with her friend Brona Donnellan owned Partridge Stables near Dorking Surrey. Here, not only was Lynne busy with her students but she also successfully competed at British Dressage PSG level with her horse ’Tom’ and was a BD List 2 judge.

Ann Bostock was Lynne’s Head Girl/Chief Instructor at Partridge Stables and between us our memories of Lynne are of a person bursting with fun and good humour whilst being very diligent towards the horses in her care. More recently Brona and Lynne moved to Wiltshire where they had a private yard for their own horses and from where Lynne continued to coach and judge. Lynne retired from examining some years ago but those of us who worked with her were always sure of a well organised day where the candidates were the centre of our day.

Lynne’s Funeral is on 5th April at 2pm at Poole Crematorium, Gravel Hill, Broadstone, Poole, Dorset. BH14 9BQ

Jillie Rogers & Ann Bostock


A further note from Jillie Rogers: So many wonderful posts have been made for Lynne on Facebook, we really are just that – a caring Association who goes that extra mile for our own and Lynne was an original F&I member.  For anyone who wishes to send Lynne’s friend and business partner a card here is the address:
Ms Brona Donnellan
Dean Wells Farm
Woodcutts
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP5 5RT

Geoff Dorset BHSI, 1924-2017

Geoff DorsetWe were sad to hear the news that Geoff Dorset BHSI passed away on 7 May, aged 93 years.

Geoff was a BHS Assessor and Chief Examiner for many years. He was one of life’s gentlemen and would always ‘doff’ his cap when greeting you with a big beaming smile. He was respected by all who knew him and his quiet, gentle approach with horses won him many friends and admirers. Geoff was a remount trainer with the Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch and his quiet leadership led to the worldwide reputation that Imber Court had as the ‘gold standard’ in mounted police training.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.

 

Philippa Mary Francis BHSI

Members of the association will have been shocked and saddened to hear of the untimely death from cancer on September 28 of Pippa Francis, aged 58.

Not only was Pippa a BHSI, but also a BHS examiner from 1989 to 2003,  BD dressage judge, Programme Area Manager at Warwickshire College for Equine and Farriery, Secretary/Treasurer of the F & I Association from 1995/2000 and from 2003 a schools and colleges inspector with OFSTED.

Pippa passed her BHSAI in 1976 – the same year as Patrick Print FBHS!!

Two years later she obtained her BHSII and in 1983 her BHSI.

Lorna Walters BHSI recalls that in 1983 she spent 11 months with Iris Kellett the legendary Irish international showjumper and her husband John Hall FBHS (both now deceased) at their celebrated equestrian centre near Dublin. It was here that Lorna met Pippa who was working there, preparing students for BHS exams and competing her own horse Felix and John Hall’s Rowanstown in dressage.

On return to the UK, Pippa started lecturing at Warwickshire College, becoming Programme Area Manager in charge of Equine and Farriery.

“She was an excellent manager,” Dr Richard Pearce, who worked with Pippa affirms. She was not afraid to make decisions, to stand by them and you knew where you stood with her.”

I first met Pippa when examining at a BHS Stage 2 exam. I wanted to pass a jumping candidate. Pippa didn’t and I lost the argument!!

As my manager at Warwickshire College, Pippa was perceptive and supportive, always approachable and any advice given helpful and valid.

One of the horses Pippa trained Minnow is still at Warwickshire College today. Many successful BHS Stage 3 and 4 show jumping candidates who sat their exams at Moreton Morrell probably owe their pass in this section to Minnow.

Bunkey Villa, the grey ex racehorse Pippa competed successfully at BD had established flying changes and the look of sheer joy on students’ faces as they felt their first flying change on Bunkey is lasting testament to Pippa’s training skill.

Carole Broad FBHS said:” She sat for a while on Q & T (BHS exams advisory group) and could always be relied on to see both sides of the coin. She was such a kind, gentle person who was also extremely professional.”

However Pippa had a marked career change in 2003 when she joined OFSTED as an inspector. The December 2014 Ofsted Chief Inspector’s Annual Report noted Pippa’s Doctorate in Education (gained while with Ofsted) with research interests in pedagogy in further education and noted that she “regularly leads college inspections and also inspects secondary schools.”

In 2013/14 Pippa led a national survey on teaching, learning and assessment across the further education and skills sector, published in September2014.

Thus Pippa’s contribution to the education sector was as significant as her contribution to the equine world. Both spheres have benefited from the influence of a dignified professional with integrity and strong moral values.

DONN COLLINS BHSI

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