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Friday, September 04, 2009  •  18:30 BST

Sam Barr is presented with medal of honour

Sam Barr is presented with medal of honour

BEF HONOUR SAM

British breeder and former rider Sam Barr was today presented with a British Equestrian Federation (BEF) Medal of Honour at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The medal was presented to Sam in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the international equestrian world.

Sam started out as a cattle breeder until in 1961 he bought a yearling colt subsequently named Welton Gameful. His progeny became so successful that Sam sold the dairy herd to concentrate on horse breeding and so started the Welton Stud that is now represented throughout the world. Three horses bred by Sam and his wife Linda, competed at the 1995 European Championships in Pratoni (Italy) which was won by the mare Welton Romance. He has also bred the winners of three four-star events; Welton Greylag – Burghley 1991, Welton Houdini – Badminton 1993 & Welton Envoy – Lexington 2000.

“Sam has competed at top level, bred many successful event horses that have represented Great Britain, supported riders and been instrumental in raising awareness of the importance of breeding,” said Mike Etherington-Smith, Chief Executive of British Eventing (BE).

Despite being in his 90th year Sam supported by his wife Linda is still very much involved in breeding and currently owns the eventing stallion Welton Double Cracker who is ridden by Matthew Wright.