Captain Mark Phillips, dressage star Sandy Phillips and eventing champion Zara Phillips were among the award winners at equestrianism’s equivalent to the Oscars – the Animal Health Trust (AHT) Equestrian Awards (2 November). The star-studded ceremony, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, recognised and celebrated outstanding achievements of horses and their riders, trainers and owners.

Racing, showing, dressage, eventing and show jumping stars received prizes, with the spotlight aimed in particular at Britain’s young riders. Veterinary achievement and voluntary services were also celebrated, and the Martin Collins Special Award was presented to Captain Mark Phillips for outstanding contribution.

“This was one of the most successful Equestrian Award dinners yet,” said a spokesperson for the AHT. “It is very gratifying to bring together the different disciplines within equestrian sport and, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, it has made a major contribution to our fundraising budget.”

The AHT is a registered charity, based in Newmarket, Suffolk, which employs over 200 veterinary surgeons, scientists and support workers. By developing improved methods to prevent, diagnose and treat disease and injury, the Trust aims to improve the health of horses, cats and dogs.

Equistro Veterinary Achievement Award: Dr James Wood
Lexington Insurance Voluntary Service Award: Retraining of Racehorses
Martin Collins Enterprises Special Award: Captain Mark Phillips
Great Leighs Racing Award: Sergeant Cecil
Berkeley Group Dressage Award: Sandy Phillips
BSJA Showjumping Award: Gemma Paternoster, Daniel Neilson and
William Whitaker
Arena Leisure Showing Award: Chloe Willet
Petplan Equine Eventing Award: Zara Phillips

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