Eventing team honoured at AHT awards
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AHT awards 01 Nov 17

Eventing team honoured at AHT awards

The annual Animal Health Trust (AHT) UK Equestrian Awards brought together British and equestrian royalty as they hosted this year’s event at The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Tuesday 31 October. It was at this awards ceremony that the British Eventing European eventing team were honoured with the ‘eventing’ award.

AHT’s long standing President and avid horse enthusiast, HRH The Princess Royal, welcomed professional riders, leading equine vets and horse welfare specialists to this year’s special anniversary event. The Trust’s work over the last 75 years has aimed at improving the health and welfare of all equines, from elite competition horses to beloved family ponies. The event was the perfect forum to celebrate the Trust’s vital research into equine infectious diseases and injuries, which has supported many of the guests present, ensuring the good health of horses today and in the future. In particular, the Princess highlighted some of the charity’s greatest achievements – including the pioneering use of MRI for animals, huge steps forward in treating skin cancers in horses, and the Trust’s contribution to our Olympic and Paralympic teams in keeping their equine athletes safe and in the best form.

Eventing Award

The impressive British Eventing Team: Nicola Wilson, Oliver Townend, Tina Cook and Rosalind Canter - At Strzegom this August, Great Britain's eventers won their first European Championships team gold since 2009. They finished 9.1 penalties clear of Germany, the defending champions; however, the win was not so straightforward. After the Dressage event, the German team had been in gold medal position, but an impressive performance by the British Team in the cross-country saw them lead going into the final showjumping stage.

This event is not only a wonderful exhibition of equestrian excellence, but is an essential fundraiser for the AHT to continue its work for benefit of dogs, cats and horses. Every penny of profit made or raised by the AHT is reinvested into their industry-leading science and care for animals.

For more information about the event: www.aht.org.uk/equestrianawards