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Olympic medal riders receive New Year honours

BRITAIN'S equestrian medal winners have been recognised in the 2013 New Year's honours list.

A number of British riders from this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games at Greenwich Park, all for their services to equestrianism.

Scott Brash was named a MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire), along with team mates Ben Maher, Peter Charles, for securing Britain's first gold in the sport in 60 years. Teammate Nick Skelton was awarded an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List earlier this year.

Double gold medal winner Charlotte Dujardin was awarded an OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire), teammates Laura Betcholsheimer and Carl Hester received MBEs.

Eventer Mary King was named an MBE after winning team silver in her sixth Olympic Games.

The Paralympians were also successful. Triple gold medal winning rider Sophie Christiansen was appointed an OBE, while Natasha Baker, Sophie Wells and Deb Criddle were awarded MBEs.

Will Connell, the performance director at the British Equestrian Federation, was awarded an MBE for his services to equestrianism and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.