Stewart Hastie was awarded with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Equine Trade Association Gala Dinner on February 17th 2013. Stewart received this prestigious award and was presented with a beautiful bronze horse & jockey to commemorate his awad by Jane Holderness-Roddam, when he and Jane Hastie (nee Nixon) attended BETA’s annual ‘black tie’ dinner and awards ceremony held at the NEC.
This years’ Lifetime achievement award goes to a vet who has contributed so much to the equestrian industry in so many ways. As well as writing some of the seminal works for equine students, he most especially has contributed towards the development of the modern saddle fitter and an understanding of how important knowledge of the equine anatomy and physiology is to the saddle fitter.
Born in 1922 in Rutherglen , Scotland our recipient graduated from Glasgow University Veterinary School in 1944. He went into general practice in Kent, practising alongside the flying bombs !
In 1958 he moved to Buckingham, purchased his own practice and developed his equine work. At this time he also met John McTimoney and thus began a long interest in complementary and alternative medicine and in particular equine chiropractics.
He has written publications and conference papers and undertakes many specialist presentations. In particular, papers on `Diseases of the Back` presented to two annual conferences of the BEVA. He continues to be involved in research relating to normal and abnormal movement (lameness) in the horse as effecting functioning of the `back`: the application of complementary disciplines in association with chartered physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths.
Author of the definitive ‘BHS Veterinary Manual’ and ‘Horselopaedia: A complete guide to horsecare’, as well as multiple expert papers, Stewart has provided years of service to the Society of Master Saddlers as their veterinary consultant. He developed the veterinary sections for the Society’s Qualified Saddle Fitting Course on which he continues to lecture. His influence in this area has ensured that many of BETA’s retail members now provide knowledgeable services to their customers in all aspects of tack fitting, thus improving the wellbeing of many horses in the UK. As a result of his voluntary service Stewart was awarded the coveted Fellowship of the Society of Master Saddlers in 2007.
Stewart has contributed a massive amount to our understanding of the horse in today’s environment. He has been at the forefront of intensive studies carried out on the effects on the horse of saddles and girths using state of the art pressure testing; and also a recent joint programme with the Society of Master Saddlers, the Animal Health Trust, Centaur Biomechanics, and Equiscan Ltd into the effectiveness of thermography on the assessment of saddle fit.
His past and continuing contribution to the equestrian world in spite of suffering a stroke and consequent impaired mobility should be an inspiration for all of us involved with horses.
The award is presented to our winner of the BETA lifetime achievement award this year Stewart Hastie.