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Janet Willis groom award 19 Jan 17

The Haddon Training British Grooms Awards

At the recent British Breeders Awards Dinner, Chris Hewlett, Managing Director of Haddon Training presented three British Grooms Awards to employees from the world of eventing.

The Haddon Training British Grooms Award was awarded to Janet Willis, who was nominated by event rider Willa Newton whose family Janet has worked for in the role as Head Girl for 31 years. Originally in charge of the family’s point to point yard, which when that dispersed took on the same role for the event horses ridden by Willa, who said; “Janet’s sheer dedication, commitment to the horses and to the Newton family over so many years is simply unsurpassable and her enthusiasm for the job, even at the age of sixty-one has never waned."

Georgie Thomas received the runners-up award in this category being nominated by her employer, event rider, Dani Evans, who highlighted that she is an outstanding team leader and is in charge of the day to day running of her event yard, which ranges from 4* eventers to 3 year olds that require backing, with her positive outlook and continuous smile has made an enormous difference to the feel of the yard.

The Haddon Training Yard Manager Award was presented to Marcelle Tattersall, yard manager to International event rider Gemma Tattersall
Nominated by: Martin Bell in collaboration with a group of Gemma’s other owners, saying;

"Marcelle Tattersall has made an extraordinary contribution to her daughter Gemma’s eventing career that led her to representing GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics Games.

"From being the original ‘Pony Club’ mum providing an astonishing multi-tasking array of skills that led Marcelle over the years to take on the role of joint travelling Competition Groom with, then Gemma’s Yard Manager, Elodie Frost."

In 2015 when injury forced Elodie to take on a less demanding position, Marcelle took on a more direct responsibility for the combined roles. However, perhaps the most striking and frequently noted aspect of Marcelle’s contribution is the extraordinary energy and endurance she commits to all her roles in developing good relationships; working with the home team involved with Team Tattersall, the co-ordination of the travelling grooms team, with owners in connection with activities at a specific event, providing a social media news service to owners who are unable to attend events, to her legendary and well-noted horsebox driving stamina, nationally and internationally!

Other award winners on the night were:

Mark Beever, who was presented with the Haddon Training British Equestrian Team Grooms Award.

Mark, who has worked for Nick Skelton for 31 years and in that time has groomed for Nick at five Olympic Games including London 2012 where Nick, riding Big Star won a team gold medal and at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where the combination won the individual gold medal and it was through the relentless, meticulous and diligence that Mark showed in nursing Big Star back to health from injury that spanned more than two years played a major role in the selection of Big Star for Rio.

The Haddon Training Apprentice Award was presented to Elisabeth Killick who was nominated by her employer, Matt Hicks

Highly commended certificates were awarded to the following people:-

British Grooms Award - Emily Littlejohn, nominated by Bill and Jenny Levett

British Equestrian Team Grooms Award – Amber Dunham, nominated by Anne Dunham

Yard Manager Award – Rebecca Evans, nominated by Oliver Townend

Apprentice Award – Jessica Maidment, nominated by Lucinda Fredericks

Image of Janet Willis being presented with her award by Chris Hewlett, Managing Director of Haddon Training – credit image to Craig Payne