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Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership receives prestigious trophy for equestrian safety

November 21, 2023
Two people with a trophy

Philip Seccombe, Chair of Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership receiving the Tarquin Trophy for Equestrian Safety from The BHS Ambassador Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes

Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership (WRSP) has been awarded The British Horse Society (BHS) Tarquin Trophy for excellent service by an organisation or business in the cause of equestrian safety.

The award recognises that Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership has gone above and beyond to share advice and guidance to drivers in Warwickshire to improve road safety in the equine community.

This includes regularly raising awareness through the media and social media of the updated Highway Code that explains how drivers and motorcyclists should safely pass horses by slowing down to 10mph and allowing 2m when passing them on the roads.

Speaking after the awards ceremony at Newbury Racecourse on Thursday 9 November, Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner and Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership Chair said: “On behalf of the Partnership, I am delighted to accept this prestigious trophy. It demonstrates that by working together to improve road safety in Warwickshire, road safety partners really can achieve great things. It’s great to see this getting the widespread recognition it deserves.

“Equestrians are some of our most vulnerable road users and as a Police and Crime Commissioner of a largely rural county, I know how important it is to help them be safer and also feel safer on our roads. The Partnership has put considerable effort into its education programme to raise awareness of the dangers horse riders face, the responsibilities all road users have to share the roads safely and to help riders be highly visible.

“I’m extremely grateful to all our road safety partners for their hard work and dedication in achieving this award. This includes Warwickshire Police Operational Policing Unit and Rural Crime Team, Warwickshire Horse Watch, Warwickshire County Council and Project Edward, plus my colleagues in the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire.

“I would also like to express the Partnership’s thanks to Alan Hiscox, Director of Safety at The British Horse Society for his ongoing guidance and support.”

You can find out full details of the work that lay behind the award and information about how to stay safe on our roads on the Warwickshire Road Safety Partnership website.