British Horse Feeds presented David Hirst with the recognition award for ‘Best Crew Member’ at the British Horse Feeds Red Dragon Festival of Endurance 2016.
David, who is based in Welshpool, helped his wife Tricia to victory in the 160km Speedi-Beet Red Dragon and it was clear his dedication is greatly valued.
At the beginning of the year David, Tricia’s long standing crew member underwent surgery on his leg to remove a cancerous lump and that was followed by extensive plastic surgery.
Despite this and being on crutches for several months, David hasn’t missed a ride since leaving hospital and has always been there to help crew for Tricia, along with their eldest daughter, Charlotte, who has assisted this season.
Tricia, who nominated her husband, said: “David is a huge support for me, he is an extremely important part of the team which contributes to our success in endurance.
“Despite his surgery he has never once complained and is always on hand to help get the horse’s heart rate down as quickly as possible at the vet gates. He certainly deserves a medal this season!”
Said David: “I am extremely proud to win this award sponsored by British Horse Feeds. This year has been very testing for both Tricia and myself. I have found that crewing at the various rides has helped my recovery as I feel it is very important to have goals to work towards to overcome setbacks. The next goal is a walking holiday in the Lake District later this year.”
Photo courtesy of David Saunders Photography.