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14 Nov 07

BE 2007 Trophy Winners

Over 600 guests gathered at “007 Heaven”, the British Eventing Annual Awards Ball held at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on 10th November to celebrate the amazing successes of 2007. BE’s Vice President Lucinda Green, six times Badminton Winner and holder of Olympic, World and European medals presented this year’s annual trophies to:

THE JANE ROOK TROPHY presented to the highest placed British competitor in the Pony European Championships.

Awarded to Libby Soley - expectations for 2007 were high but sport has a funny way of knocking you down when you least expect it and Libby suffered a crashing fall at a one day event in April - she broke her collarbone, cracked ribs, fractured her skull and punctured a lung. But, being a determined young lady, she was intent on getting fit for the Pony National Championships at the beginning of June, to gain selection for the European Championships. Not only was she fit, but she and "Spring" went on to win by a five point margin. So, they headed to the European Championships in Germany where they won but it was no walkover. Lying second after dressage, she was clear in the cross country as was the leader, but, on the final day it was incredibly close with four riders all within four penalties - one fence down. Three went clear, but the leader had a fence down and the individual gold was Libby’s.

HUBERT ALLFREY TROPHY presented to the highest placed British competitor in the Junior European Championships.

Awarded to Laura Collett - this special young lady, in a repeat of last year, became the first British rider to retain a Junior European title. Riding Jason Houghton’s Rayef, Laura led the competition from start to finish – adding nothing to a dressage score of 35.5. Team and Individual Gold this year, bring her European medal haul to six – not bad for a 17 year old at only her third Championships!

SIR JOHN BURDER TROPHY - presented to the highest placed British competitor in the Young Rider European Championships.

Presented to Nicola Wilson - the squad of twelve Young Riders did not disappoint, even with the added pressure of being at home and the successes of the Pony and Junior squads. However, unusually, the winner of the trophy this year wasn’t in the team of four – she was an individual. Like Libby in the Pony Squad, Nicola overcame injury – a cracked pelvis at that – to seize the chance to represent her country – her last opportunity at young rider level as she is now 21. The British didn’t shine in the dressage, but our award winner finished best in seventh, riding her own “Oingy Boingy”. Together they have a great cross country record and proved it round the tough Blair track – being only one of sixteen combinations to finish clear inside the time – promoting them up the order to fourth. Ahead of the Championships, Oingy Boingy held the enviable record of never having a fence down in a three day event, so a medal was certainly in reach. A fantastic round was spoilt at the final bogey fence, for four penalties, but this was still good enough to promote them to Individual Silver.

EDY GOLDMAN TROPHY presented to the British Rider gaining the most points who is under 21 in the current year.

Presented to Georgie Spence - 2006 was a remarkable year for this young lady so 2007 arrived with much anticipation. A yard starring Song for Gull, Running Brook II and Trenear was further boosted with the arrival of Richard and Billie Harding’s Cottage Craft Spirals. Some good spring OI form was followed up with three great results at the inaugural Houghton International CCI** - catching the Young Rider Selectors’ attention. First and second at the Final Jump Young Rider Trial at Gatcombe, secured her selection with Cottage Craft Spirals for Blair. They were promoted to the gold medal Team and finished twelfth individually. The season finished in style with a sixth place at the Jump British Under 21 Championships, at Weston Park, with Song for Gull. With just six horses, Georgie clocked up an impressive 343 points.

JEMIMA JOHNSON MEMORIAL TROPHY presented in memory of Jemima Johnson who lost her life in an eventing fall, the trophy is presented to a rider who has not been awarded the senior union flag and epitomises the spirit of the sport.

Presented to Harry Meade - following in the footsteps of a successful parent is never easy, but Harry has certainly made a name for himself, purely due to his talent and sympathetic riding style. In 2003, Midnight Dazzler arrived in his yard having been declared almost unridable. Patience, perseverance and even more patience paid off when the combination made their four star debut at Burghley in 2005 – finishing a more than respectable thirteenth. Since then, they have gone on to finish in the top twenty one at both Badminton and Burghley, culminating in a first top ten place – eighth – at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials – the only combination to finish on their dressage score.

MARTIN WHITELEY TROPHY presented to the British rider gaining the most points on one horse who has never been entitled to wear a Union Jack badge.

Presented to Jo May - Jo came to notice riding her father, Peter May’s, Faere Vision at last year’s Blenheim, when finishing sixth. She then made her four star debut at Luhmuhlen in Germany in July and impressed all by claiming fourth place – good enough to earn her a reserve spot on the Senior Squad. Sadly, she didn’t make the trip to Italy, so headed to Burghley, where she finished twenty fifth to boost her season’s points total to 225.

JANE HOLDERNESS-RODDAM TROPHY presented to the highest placed Senior Rider in the respective Championships.

Presented to Mary King – Mary has had one of her best seasons to date – quite a statement in a career spanning two decades. With Sue and Eddie Davies’s “Call Again Cavalier”, she started her 2007 campaign at Chatsworth World Cup Qualifier, which they won in style. They then contested the British Open Championships at Gatcombe Park and again they were winners - her fifth British National Champion title - a sporting record. This performance earned them selection for Italy, her fourth European Championships. In light of her vast experience, Mary was given the role of anchorwoman – the role clearly suited her and "Cav", as they recorded their best-ever dressage score, at this level, together and were one of the classiest cross country rounds of the Championship. On the final day, the pressure was off in the team competition as, barring disaster, the gold was secure but there was a glimpse of an individual medal for the pair. They have had an amazing show jumping record this season - jumping clear in every competition since August last year, so the omens looked good. Clear it was - the pressure was on the top three. A fence down by Germany's Bettina Hoy promoted Mary to Bronze and then Zara Phillips's well documented round, gave her the Individual Silver.

Wide Awake Trophy presented to the Breeder of the horse gaining the highest number of points, which was British-bred, owned and ridden.

Presented to Edward Nicholson, breeder of Flint Curtis - our winner currently has fourteen horses registered on the British Eventing database, all of which he bred, and all of which are by his prolific stallion, William Curtis. British Eventing also has a further thirty seven horses with Curtis in their name. Flint Curtis, although one of many in a good line, has been the most prolific. Eleventh place on debut at last year’s World Championship with his new rider Oliver Townend, was followed up this season with two CIC*** wins at Burnham Market and Thirlestane Castle as well as second spot at Punchestown CCI***. The combination was selected to travel to Italy and were promoted into the Team. An unlucky run out at the tricky 11th fence on the cross country put play to any individual chances, but they were still an important part of the gold medal team.

Calcutta Light Horse Trophy presented to the owners of the British horse gaining the highest number of points.

Presented to Edward & Robert Nicholson, owners of Flint Curtis - it isn’t often that a breeder keeps a horse well into its career, as they are often sold as youngsters. However, in this case, Edward, in conjunction with his son, Robert, has done just that and Flint Curtis has been in their ownership since his career started in 2001. With rider, Oliver Townend, Flint Curtis has amassed 378 points in just ten outings this season and looks set to join eventing’s elite next season, as he has 976 points – just a few short of that magic 1000 barrier.

Tony Collings Memorial Trophy presented to the British rider gaining the highest number of points on any horse or horses during the season.

Awarded to Oliver Townend - for the last six years this trophy has adorned the Fox-Pitt mantelpiece. However, this year, it has found a new home in Leicestershire, with a rider who has coveted it for the last few seasons, but narrowly missed out. Oliver’s lorry certainly earns its gold wings every year, travelling thousands of miles, week in and week out. With a string of over thirty horses, Oliver started in 315 sections resulting in twenty nine wins at various levels, with a further seventy five top five placings – all of which amounted to a points tally of 1886. Season highlights include two CIC*** wins, a British Intermediate Championship, and his first Senior Medal – not bad for someone just 24 years old.