Issue date: 08 November 2004
The University of the West of England will award the honorary degree of Doctor of Science to Jane Holderness-Roddam. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of Hartpury College on Tuesday 9 November at 11.30 at Gloucester Cathedral.
Jane Holderness-Roddam was born in Catherston, near Charmouth, in Dorset. On leaving Westwing School, Thornbury, she moved to the Middlesex Hospital, London where she completed her training as a State Registered Nurse (SRN). In 1968, she achieved sporting fame by winning Badminton on her horse ‘Our Nobby’, that was followed by her selection for the Olympics in Mexico the same year. There, she became the first British woman to compete in the Olympic three-day event and won a team gold medal. She has since ridden, judged, instructed and competed in many countries around the world and made a major contribution to equestrian sport and to the promotion of related education and training - including that concerned with improving the welfare of horses and ponies.
Her horses have included ‘Warrior’, which carried her to: victory at Burghley in 1976; the Team Gold at the European Championships at Burghley in 1977; and, to victory at Badminton in 1978. Following her retirement from ‘event riding’ in the mid-90s, Jane Holderness-Roddam remained involved as Chairman of British Eventing from 1999-2004.
Jane Holderness-Roddam and her husband Tim run West Kington Stud farm, which specialises in horse breeding and the production of semen from top stallions for freezing.
Many charities benefit from Jane Holderness-Roddam’s work, which includes her roles as Chairman of Riding for the Disabled Association, since 2001, and President of the Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy. She is also Chairman of the National Riding Festival and President of the British Equestrian Trade Association.
Jane Holderness-Roddam has written many equestrian books and articles; assisted in the making of various films; and, lectured at the Royal Agricultural College, Cirencester. She is a British Eventing steward and an accredited trainer. She was awarded a CBE for services to equestrian sport in the Queens Birthday Honours List in June 2004.
The Honorary Degree is awarded in recognition of Jane Holderness-Roddam’s contribution to equestrian sport and to the promotion of related education and training.