“He was a fine horseman and had an excellent eye for a horse, a hound or a piece of art. He was enormously popular in the hunting country, and the hunt thrived under his light, considered touch for many years.” Catherine Austin, Horse & Hound
At a glittering awards ceremony, held to recognise the best of equestrianism in 2017, the 11th Duke of Beaufort was posthumously named winner of the H&H lifetime achievement award. The prestigious accolade was collected by Miranda, Duchess of Beaufort on his behalf, who attended the awards held at Ascot racecourse on the 2nd November.
The Duchess said her late husband would have been “delighted and thrilled” to know he had won the H&H lifetime achievement award.
In presenting the award, H&H magazine editor Pippa Roome commented it was a “great honour” for H&H to present the title to someone who “gave a lifetime of service to equestrianism”.
“The Duke passed away in August this year, aged 89, after making an incredible contribution to the horse world, particularly in the fields of eventing and hunting,” she said.
Many more greats of the horse world paid tribute to His Grace in this tribute put together by the magazine with thoughts from Ginny Elliot, Harry Meade, Mike Tucker and Capt Ian Farquhar.