The organiser of Eglington Horse Trials, the Honourable Heather Galbraith, has been recognised in the New Year Honours List for her Services to Equestrianism, for which she has been awarded an MBE.
Heather has provided Barskimming Estate in Ayrshire, Scotland, free of charge for nearly sixty years for equestrian pursuits run by numerous organisations including The Pony Club, Riding Club and British Eventing.
A dressage judge for some 40 years, Heather also rode at the highest level in Eventing during the 1950’s and 60’s and been successful in both the show ring and show jumping. Passionate about racing and hunting and a former Point to Point jockey, Heather now takes great pleasure in watching her home bred flat race horses. Alongside her dedication to equestrian sport Heather also worked as a full time physiotherapist.
British Eventing Chief Executive David Holmes, commented; “It is wonderful to see Heather awarded with an MBE in the 2016 New Year Honours; for her tireless dedication to Eventing and equestrianism the recognition is thoroughly deserved. Without incredible organisers like Heather our sport simply would not run and we are hugely grateful for her commitment and enthusiasm to British Eventing and Eglinton.”
Recognised by British Eventing in 2000 with an Honourable Life Membership and BE Millennium Award, BE put forward Heather’s nomination for the UK Honours in 2014.
Eglington Horse Trials takes place on 16 and 17 July with classes including 4 Year Old, BE90, BE90Open, 5 Year Old, BE100, BE100Open, Novice, Intermediate, Open Intermediate and OIu21.