Last week, British Equestrian honored leading equestrian figures for their services to the industry. Eight individuals were presented with the British Equestrian Medal of Honor by the Federation’s Chair, Malcolm Wharton CBE, and CEO, Jim Eyre. The presentation took place in the main arena at the London International Horse Show, presenting medals to:
Charlotte Fry (2021)
Gareth Hughes (2021)
Sophie Thomas (2021)
David Trott (2021)
Professor Eric Jenkinson (2022)
Dr. Chris Meadon (2022)
Jackie Potts (2022)
Charlotte Thornycroft (2022)
The British Equestrian Medal of Honor is awarded to those recognized as having completed acts of international endeavor in relation to equestrian sport, and for outstanding services to the Federation or its Member Bodies.
Jackie Potts, longtime head groom and manager-of-all-things for William Fox-Pitt, needs little introduction as one recipient of this prestigious award.
A familiar figure on the eventing circuit, Jackie has been the head groom at William Fox-Pitt’s yard for over thirty years. The epitome of a world-class groom, Jackie’s knowledge, skill and attention to detail are second-to-none and she is always ready to offer support to those who need it. She has five Olympic Games, five World Championships and eight European Championships on her CV, and too many three-day events to count. Jackie is a founding Director for the International Grooms Association and a longstanding ambassador for the British Grooms Association. Being a groom is, in her own words, ‘a way of life, not a job’.
Hear from Jackie after her award (can’t see the embedded video below? Click here to watch it on Facebook):
We caught up with super-groom Jackie Potts after she was presented with a British Equestrian Medal of Honour earlier today. Watch the video to hear some of Jackie’s highlights of working with Fox-Pitt Eventing for over 30 years and how she hope that receiving this award will inspire a new generation of grooms 👇
Posted by British Equestrian on Friday, December 16, 2022
You can read more about the recipients of the British Equestrian Medal of Honor here.