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Johanna Vardon receives Blue Cross Award at BEVA Congress

Theresa McCaffrey

The British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Welfare Award 2015, sponsored by Blue Cross, has been presented to Miss Johanna Vardon MBE in recognition of her long-term dedication to saving orphaned foals.

Johanna Vardon is the founder and owner of The National Foaling Bank in Shropshire. She provides a nationwide service for horse breeders to pair foster mares with orphaned foals and to provide guidance through the adoption process. Johanna has documented involvement in over 20,000 cases of fostering. Without a doubt, equine welfare would have been compromised significantly without the practical support and advice provided by Johanna and her team over many years.

The BEVA award is a recognition of significant contributions to horse welfare; the award began in 2000. In 2015 this prestigeous award was presented to Johanna Vardon by Blue Cross Chairman Tim Porter.

Tim Porter said: “Johanna has worked tirelessly over many years to save the lives of orphaned foals and alleviate the distress of bereft mares. In so doing she has given outstanding support and wise advice to countless owners, often at very short notice at all hours. I am delighted to present the BEVA Welfare Award 2015 to such a deserving individual and offer many congratulations.”

Johanna Vardon receives The Blue Cross Equine Welfare Award from Blue Cross Chairman Tim Porter.
Picture by David Boughey.


The Blue Cross has been helping sick, injured and abandoned pets for over 100 years. They opened the world’s first animal hospital in 1906 to care for working horses on the streets of London.