The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Welfare Award 2014 has been presented to Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal in recognition of her long-standing commitment to horse welfare.

Horses have been a consistent feature throughout Princess Anne’s life and she is president or patron of a large number of equestrian organisations and charities.

She took a leading role in the introduction of the National Equine Welfare Protocol in the wake of the Amersham welfare scandal in 2008 when more than 100 horses were neglected and some died.

The protocol guidelines set out how cases of horse neglect and abuse should be reported and handled, and what organisations can do to help reduce the incidence of welfare problems. It also provides a commitment from all the signatory organisations and agencies to work effectively together.

Introduced by BEVA in conjunction with the leading pet charity Blue Cross in 2000, the welafre award is a formal recognition of significant contributions made by veterinary surgeons and others to horse welfare. It was presented at the 53nd BEVA Congress in Birmingham on September 11, 2014.

Blue Cross chairman Zair Berry said: “The Princess Royal has championed the cause of horse welfare for many years and is a strong unifying voice for the industry. I am proud to be able to present Her Royal Highness with the BEVA Welfare Award 2014 and offer many congratulations.”

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