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A Total of 14 Equestrians to Recieve New Year’s Honours

January 10, 2017

honoursA total of 14 recognised equestrians are on the New Year’s honours list. With dressage dominating as four riders are nominated for their services to equestrianism.

Including the most successful all time Para-equestrian Lee Pearson. So far he has won 11 Paralympics gold medals, 14 world championship titles, 5 European gold medals. And can now add a Knighthood to his list!

At 68, the oldest member of the Paralympic GB team, Anne Dunham, a dressage rider with multiple Paralympic, World and European medals was awarded with an MBE.

Along with becoming the 3rd and 5th BBC Sports Personalities of the Year, Nick Skelton, individual Olympic Show jumper and Sophie Christiansen, 8 times Paralympic gold medallist were both upgraded to CBE’s.

Former event rider Claire Lomas was awarded an MBE after becoming paralysed from the chest down during a cross-country fall in 2007. Since then she has taken part in multiple challenges to raise hundreds of thousands for Spinal Injury Research. Including participating in the London Marathon, the Great North Run and hand cycling around England. All using a ‘bionic’ suit.

Trainer and Founder of MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Borders Racing Club, Rhona Elliot was recognised and received honours for her charitable work and services to racing. Along with Timothy Adams, John Gosdon and former jockey Sam Morshead who were also awarded New Year MBE’s.

This year 14% of honours were awarded to sport personalities. Andy Murray and Mo Farah received Knighthood, whilst Jessica Ennis-Hill and Katherine Grainger were awarded Damehoods. Other sporting stars on the list of honours include Jason Kenny, Laura Kenny, Helen Richardson Walsh, Kate Richardson Walsh, Ellie Robinson and Max Whitlock.

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