Michael Foljambe receives BEF Medal of Honour
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Michael Foljambe receives BEF Medal of Honour from Mike Etherington-Smith 17 Dec 13

Michael Foljambe receives BEF Medal of Honour

Estate owner of Osberton, which hosts the annual international Horse Trials, Michael Foljambe was presented with a British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honour by British Eventing Chief Executive Mike Etherington-Smith (pictured). 

The presentation was made at his home on the Osberton Estate in Nottinghamshire on Monday 9th December 2013 to recognise his outstanding contribution to the world of international equestrian sport. Michael adds this medal to the Millennium Award he received in 2000 for his service to the sport of equestrianism.

The Horse Trials at Osberton, now in its 45th year, has been hosted by Michael, himself a keen event rider and point to point jockey since he initiated the event in the 1960’s. The competition began as one of the leading events on the British calendar and has now progressed to be a popular end of season fixture, incorporating British Eventing’s prestigious KBIS Young Horse Championships.

Not limited to Eventing, Michael also started the Cleveland Bay Stud at Osberton which has contributed to the survival of the breed, which is currently critical on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust Watch list. His involvement with Cleveland Bays initially began as part of his breeding programme to create a more substantial Eventing-type horse. This then led to the development of the stud which produced stallions who have continued the breeding lines in the UK as well as in Australia and New Zealand. In addition to his interest in breeding, Michael also started the East Midlands Dressage Group in 1962 and has hosted the Grove and Rufford Pony Club camp at Osberton Estate since 1961.

Unfortunately Michael is not able to attend The London International Horse Show, Olympia (21 December 2013), where this year’s Medal of Honour recipients will be recognised.

Speaking from his home, Michael said: “To hear that I was to receive this award was totally unexpected. I am highly flattered and very grateful indeed.”

Chief Executive of BE, Mike Etherington-Smith has had a long-standing relationship with the event at Osberton both as a competitor and course designer. He commented: “This recognition is long overdue and unquestionably thoroughly deserved.”

Below: Michael pictured with Germany's Ingrid Klinke at the Osberton International Horse Trials prize-giving in 2011. 

Michael Foljambe Osberton Prize Giving 2011 (C) Adam Fanthorpe

About the Medal

BEF Medals of Honour are presented to individuals for outstanding achievements and contributions to the international equestrian world. Further awards will be announced on Sunday 22 December 2013.

View the full list of past BEF Medal of Honour recipients.