The annual British Breeders Dinner and Awards Ceremony, organised by the British Horse Foundation, was held in London on Saturday, January 14.
There has been much to celebrate for British Breeding in 2016 and the glittering occasion affords the breeders of potential world-class horses the special recognition they deserve.
Young, professional and amateur breeders were well represented throughout the Awards Ceremony in the Baileys Horse Feeds/British Breeding/BEF Futurity Certificates of Merit. Winners included Barbara Heaton Smith who was presented with two certificates for CAWrus Boy, eventing foal and CAWrus Girl, eventing 2-year-old.
Certificates of Merit were also awarded for the highest scorers in each age group at the Futurity Eventing Championships held at the BE Young Horse Championships at Osberton. In the Futurity age awards, Jane Townshend collected the yearling award for Classictop Up & At It, an eventing prospect.
Young horse awards were presented to breeders of the best British bred young horses. The Billy Stud collected the seven year-old British Eventing Young Horse Breeders Medal On for Billy Walk On.
The British Equestrian Federation Award to the Highest Placed British Bred Horse in Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games went to the event horse Don Geniro, bred by Pam Dews and owned jointly with Pip Higgins.
Haddon Training continues to support the often ‘unsung’ heroes of the equestrian industry by its sponsorship of the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards of which there were four categories.
Janet Willis was the recipient of the British Grooms Award that was open to all grooms in the equestrian industry; with Georgie Thomas being awarded the runners-up prize, both from the world of eventing.
The Yard Manager Award was presented to Marcelle Tattersall, mother and lynchpin to GB Olympic event rider, Gemma Tattersall.