Merial Animal Health is inviting nominations for the prestigious Merial Meritoire award, which goes to the person who is making, or has made, an outstanding contribution to the sport horse and pony breeding industry.

The award will be presented at the Annual British Breeding Breeders’ Dinner on Saturday 13 January 2007, at the Grange City Hotel, in London.

The winner is not revealed until the night, and last year’s winner Joanna MacInness, had no idea until the last minute that she had won. “I am absolutely thrilled, and it was so unexpected,” she said after receiving the award.

Clare Parry Baggot, from award sponsors Merial Animal Health, said: “We believe the outstanding contribution that breeders make towards the UK breeding industry should be recognised, and as a company are delighted that we are able to present this award.”

Nominations are now open, so if there is someone who you believe has made, or is making a valuable contribution within this sector of the British breeding industry, the message is don’t hesitate to put them forward.

Nominations are confidential and the closing date is Friday 1 December. Nomination forms can either be downloaded from the BEF website, www.bef.co.uk, or by contacting the BEF office (tel: 02476 698 871).