Breeders of the top British-bred horses were celebrated at the British Breeders Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
Organised by the British Horse Foundation the awards marked its 21st anniversary this year at a gala evening on Saturday 13th January.
There has been much to celebrate for British Breeding in 2017 and the glittering occasion gave the breeders of these potential world-class horses the special recognition they deserve as well as raising £8,500 For the British Horse Foundation.
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; Zoe Feeney for the four year old winner Just Soda No Ice and Carole Farr of Lordships Stud for five year old winner Lordships Graffalo.
Kitty King collected the breeders medal on behalf of Jane Andrews for the five year old winner Drewmain Firefly, who 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 unsung heroes of the equestrian industry by it’s sponsorship of the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards. 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 Young Rider 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.