A Sterling Year For British Bred Equines Celebrated at The British Breeders 21st Anniversary Awards Dinner and Ceremony
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British Breeding 16 Jan 18

A Sterling Year For British Bred Equines Celebrated at The British Breeders 21st Anniversary Awards Dinner and Ceremony

On Saturday 13th January, breeders of the top British-bred horses from around the country converged in London at the Grange City Hotel, for the 21st Anniversary British Breeders Dinner and Awards Ceremony, organised by the British Horse Foundation. There has been much to celebrate for British Breeding in 2017 and this glittering occasion affords the breeders of these potential world-class horses the special recognition they deserve.

Guests arrived at the Competition Stallions-sponsored drinks reception before moving on to a sumptuous four-course dinner, followed by invited guest speaker Roger Hart of Countrywide Promotions, who gave a very entertaining speech recounting his participation in the racing industry who then went on the conduct the evening’s auction that raised £8,500 For the British Horse Foundation.

The evening then moved on to the much-anticipated Awards ceremony, compéred by Mike Tucker.

Young horse awards were then presented to breeders of the best British bred young horses in the equestrian disciplines of dressage, eventing and show jumping.

For eventing, the British Young Horse Breeders Medals were presented to the breeders of the top British-bred horses from the BE Young Horse Championships; Mrs Zoe Feeney for the four year old winner, Just Soda No Ice, Carole Farr of Lordships Stud for five year old winner, Lordships Graffalo, Kitty King collected the breeders medal on behalf of Mrs Jane Andrews for the five year old winner, Drewmain Firefly, who only very recently lost his life to a rare form of colic. Tim Holderness-Roddam collected the seven-year-old breeders’ medal on behalf of Chris Stone for Chilli Knight.

The Richard Matson Memorial Trophy, presented by the British Horse Foundation, to the breeder of the highest placed British bred horse at the 2017 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials providing it finished in the first twelve places. This award went to Trevidden bred Liz and Vin Jones of Preci-Spark Ltd, however it was announced at the Awards Dinner that Trevidden had recently passed away due to complications following an injury.

The Horse & Hound Outstanding Mare Award went to Faeire Dazzler, bred and owned by Trisha Rickards, the mare not only competed up to three-star level eventing herself but also has produced progeny who have excelled on the world stage at the very highest level – with top three four-star results, as well as the Olympic Games.

The Anglo European Studbook Award went to The Billy Stud in recognition of its contribution to the sport horse breeding industry.

Haddon Training continues to support the often ‘unsung’ heroes of the equestrian industry by it’s sponsorship of the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards and the Team GBR Grooms Award was open to any groom who supported a senior Team GBR athlete at the Longines FEI European Championships in 2017, with the award going to Rachel Tolley, head girl to Tina Cook who was part of the gold-medal winning GB eventing team at Strazegom.

The Haddon Training Team GBR Pony, Junior and YR Grooms Award was presented to David Burton, a freelance groom, who groomed for Holly Needham and Phoebe Locke at the Junior European Championships in Millstreet, Ireland, 2017.

The culmination of the evening was the Stallion AI Services Meritoire Lifetime Achievement Award; this annual award is presented as recognition for a lifetime’s contribution to the breeding industry. The Award was presented to Lynne Crowden, who received a resounding round of applause from everyone in the room, when it was announced who was the recipient for 2018.

A full list of award winners can be downloaded HERE.