Nick Rust BHA CEO To Receive OBE

Nick Rust, the Chief Executive of the British Horseracing Authority, is to receive an OBE for his services to the horse racing sport.

Having served almost six years in his place, Rust will officially step down as Chief Executive Officer as of 1 January.

Rust has tackled numerous issues during his term, including the reforms to the Levy, overseeing the study of the purchase/sale of bloodstock, progress in horse welfare, sports diversity and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on the official Twitter channel of the BHA, BHA Chair Annamarie Phelps said:

“I am delighted that Nick’s service to the BHA and the sport of racing have been recognised with a national honour. Throughout his tenure at the BHA Nick has worked to bring people together and to do the right thing for the sport, and he has never been afraid to make the difficult decisions. 

“The award also reflects the leadership Nick has shown in areas such as diversity and inclusion, and the welfare of the sport’s human and equine participants. It is particularly fitting that this recognition should come this year following the tireless commitment and resilience he showed in supporting the resumption and continuation of racing through this most difficult period.”

In addition, other racing personalities honoured in the list, such as Bob Champion, Nigel Payne and BHA board member, Maggie Carver, were revealed on the BHA’s Twitter account.

Paying further homage, Phelps added: “Our congratulations also go to Bob Champion (CBE), BHA board member Maggie Carver (CBE) and Nigel Payne (MBE). They represent the very best of British racing in terms of sporting achievement, charitable and community work, and representing an industry that supports the livelihoods of 80,000 people.”