Friday, December 23, 2011

British Equestrian Federation Medal of Honor to Farrier Haydn Price

The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has awarded its Medal of Honour to farrier Haydn Price of Monmouthshire, Wales. Haydn is consultant farrier to Team GBR--the British equestrian teams--and provides farrier services to the BEF's World Class Performance program, including caring for the dressage and show jumping teams for international competition.

According to the organization's web site, the BEF Medal of Honour "is an award designed to recognise activities connected with international endeavour in relation to equestrian sport, it is awarded for outstanding services to the British Equestrian Federation or one of its member bodies. This can be in recognition of riding prowess or other support of the British international effort. "

"Apparently it is in recognition of something called 'doing your job'," Haydn said on Wednesday. "But I was very humbled to be awarded it and very very happy."

Haydn is director of the Farriery Centre, a modern shoeing forge located outside Usk in Wales.
The specialist arm to the practice specifically targets farriery treatment processes that involve both poor performance and lameness; it is a referral center to a number of veterinary practices within the UK.

Just four years after receiving his Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers in 1983, Haydn attained Approved Training Farrier (ATF) status and has trained 11 apprentices.

Haydn has served as a part-time lecturer at Warwickshire College's farrier training curriculum. He has lectured in Europe, North America, Australia and Singapore, has competed on the Welsh farrier team and acted as a consultant to charity-based farriery programs in Central America with World Horse Welfare.

The farrier education and regulatory system in the United Kingdom has benefit from Haydn's service of five years as chairman of the Joint Farrier Training Committee; he later served as a board member of the Farriers Registration Council.

What horse wouldn't want to be in Haydn's shoes? He began his consultancy to Team GBR and the British Equestrian Federation in 2002; the Olympics in London next year will mark his tenth anniversary in service to his country. 

Haydn's service has included traveling to the 2004 Athens and 2008 Beijing (Hong Kong) Olympics and many European and World Championships, including the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, where Great Britain won the silver medal in dressage. In 2011, Great Britain won the gold team medal the European Dressage Championships. In July, Haydn provided farrier services at the Olympic Test Event in Greenwich Park.

In 2004, Haydn developed Equinalysis, a practical computer-based software system for use as a clinical tool in the dynamic assessment of performance horses with integrated video analsysis. The system has been used by the British World Class Performance team system.

The book Shoeing for Performance in the Sound and Lame Horse was co-authored by Haydn in 1986 with British veterinarian Rod Fisher. Haydn has authored many articles, including several for Hoofcare + Lameness: Journal of Equine Foot Science, including one of the magazine's most-read articles of all time: Hock Displacement: Lateral Extension Shoes to Support the Hind Limb in Sport Horses.

When does he sleep? He might not. Haydn also loves to fly--both helicopters and planes. His farrier clinic is located near his family's home where he lives, overlooking beautiful Welsh countryside, with his wife Rachel, daughter Martha, five horses, three dogs, a cat--and the British Equestrian Federation's Medal of Honour, for doing his job so well.

Photo of Haydn via Carl Hester Dressage web site.

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