I do enjoy a review of the year; a memento of all the good things we’ve celebrated is a reminder of why we love what we do here at H&H. For British horse sport it’s been an incredible 12 months, featuring a medal haul at the World Games, a smattering of world records and our stars holding world number one slots in all the Olympic disciplines. Incredible. All that’s left is for H&H’s readers to get behind Charlotte Dujardin for BBC Sports Personality of the Year — phones are poised.
Of course 2014 hasn’t been 100% highs — tragedies have followed triumphs, as is the way with horses and another reason we so appreciate the good times.
As a journalist, I love a good quote — my favourite this year being John Whitaker’s, “It’s the first time I’ve won a class when the bars have been shut,” on winning at Scope Festival at 2.30am, which is a barometer of time I feel should be adopted by all.
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Horse & Hound has had an eventful year, too. We wished the best of British to some stalwarts of the team, including former Editor Lucy Higginson and long-serving section editor Nicola Swinney.
We welcomed six new recuits and launched initiatives such as our training academy — with many more developments to come in 2015.
Having fully embraced the notion of the website being, not more important than the magazine, but certainly as important, we are now pleasing more equestrian enthusiasts in more ways than ever before. And God bless horse sport, it just keeps on giving us the incredible stories to do that.
Ref: H&H Thursday 4 December, 2014