The lifetime achievements of Louella Stud were recognised this month at the British Breeding Breeders’ Dinner, where the family business was awarded the Merial Meritoire for outstanding services to British sport horse breeding.

The remarkable dynasty, set up in 1934 by Louis Massarrella, has produced champions in nearly every discipline. The business is run today by Louis’s granddaughter, Lucy Gillingham, who collected the award in London on 12 January.

Among the other award winners on the night were:

Futurity scheme, sponsored by Baileys Horse Feeds
Foal: Cquins Revenge, bred by Lesley and Rachael Aitken
Yearling: Lucky For Some, bred by Sonia Gilmore
Two-year-old: Furst Opera, bred by Gemini Stud
Three-year-old: Zubin-R, bred by River Stud
Four-year-old: Puck’s Glen, bred by Edith Rutherford
Stallion: King’s Composer, bred by Marvis Warman
Mare: Fabionne, bred by River Stud

Top scoring pony in futurity scheme, sponsored by Sports Pony Studbook Society
Le Chiffre, bred by Mrs Bev Brown

Top pony sire of performance ponies, sponsored by Sports Pony Studbook Society
Laba, bred in Denmark

Pony performance sponsored by Ponies Association UK
Dressage: Maesyfron Rhett, bred by W Elliott
Show jumping: Micklow Madness, bred by Mrs J Prescott
Eventing: Mayflower, bred by Mrs D and Mrs R Jones

Top British-bred Pavo British Eventing Breeding Championships, sponsored by BE
Four-year-old: Elite Opposition, bred by Pauline Fletcher
Five-year-old: Pokey’s Bally Milo, bred by Louise King
Six-year-old: Redesigned, bred by Jef Nielsen

Outstanding broodmare, sponsored by British Horse
Bairn Free (Memento), bred by Watermans Farm Stud

Young horse awards, sponsored by Dodson & Horrell Ltd
Dressage: T Movistar, bred in Holland
Show jumping: Halida De Rouet, bred by Euro Sport Horse
Eventing: Kings Temptress, bred by Mary King

Top British-bred horse at European Championships, sponsored by Dodson & Horrell Ltd
Rock Model, bred by Sarah Bullen