But there was little time to reflect on his honour this week as 76-year-old Hugh is currently busy showing his beloved Clydesdales at the Highland Show at Ingliston near Edinburgh.
But Hugh took time out from preparing the horses to speak to The Galloway Gazette.
He said: “It an honour to become an MBE. I couldn’t believe it at first, it was such a surprise. But I’m really chuffed and the family are all chuffed too!
“I’ve had plenty of people congratulating me here at the Highland Show.
“I have been working with Clydesdales all my days and I intend to keep them for as long as I can as I enjoy working with them so much.
“I’ve been lucky too as they have given me the opportunity to travel all over the world and I have judged the world championships in the USA and Canada and even supplier Budweiser with horses for their display teams.”
Based at Millisle Farm, Garlieston, Hugh has worked with Clydesdale horses since he was a boy and has become one of the most respected breeders in the world. His skills showing teams of horses have seen him travel extensively to promote the breed as well as appearing at events like the prestigious Horse of the Year Show.
Clydesdale Horse Society secretary Marguerite Osborne said: “The Society is delighted to hear that Hugh has been awarded an MBE for his work to preserve the Clydesdale breed.
“Hugh has worked tirelessly over many years in breeding, showing, driving his teams to the highest level, ploughing and judging. He has travelled thousands of miles to promote the breed and his demonstration of working horses at the Horse of the Year Show drew standing ovations.”