Fairy story of the year: Zara Phillips wins World individual gold

Innovation of the year: Only Fools on Horses

Splat of the year: Pippa Funnell and Ensign at Badminton

Cock-up of the year: Is Greenwich big enough to host the Olympic cross-country?

Horse of the year: Over To You — still brilliant at 18 and now highest-ever BE points earner

Pettyfogging bureaucracy of the year: Councils demanding planning permission for show jumps in fields

Don’t miss Horse & Hound special review of 2006 issue, on sale now, for a full look back at the highs and lows of the past 12 months