Eventing’s top horses and riders were honoured at the British Eventing Ball last weekend (4 November). Over 600 partygoers raised their glasses to Britain’s medal winning eventing teams and the sport’s most successful horse, Over To You.
William Fox-Pitt, ranked number one on the BE top 100 riders list, took home the Tony Collings Memorial Trophy for the sixth consecutive year, after scoring the most BE points this season – an impressive 1,333. Meanwhile Zara Phillips scooped the prize for the highest place senior rider, after winning individual gold at the World Equestrian Games in August.
Britain’s talented younger eventers were brought into the spotlight when BE chief executive presented prizes to Amy Young, Laura Collett and Libby Soley. European young rider team and individual gold medalist Amy Young notched up 241 points this season – two points more than team mate, Gemma Tattersall, to take home two trophies. Laura Collett, who finished a sparkling season with individual gold at the 2006 Junior European Championships at Necarne Castle, Northern Ireland also won a prize, as did Libby Soley individual silver medalist and highest placed British competitor at the 2006 Pony European Championships in Saumur, France.
The owners of Flint Curtis (ranked four in BE’s top 100 horses), ridden by Oliver Townend won the prize for the British horse gaining the highest number of points. Edward Nicholson, who bred Flint Curtis from the prolific stallion William Curtis, also received a trophy.
BE 2006 Prize Winners
TONY COLLINGS MEMORIAL TROPHY (British rider gaining the highest number of points on any horse or horses during the season)
JANE HOLDERNESS-RODDAM TROPHY (highest placed Senior Rider in the respective Championships)
CALCUTTA LIGHT HORSE TROPHY (owner(s) of the British horse gaining the highest number of points)
Edward and Robert Nicholson – owners of Flint Curtis
WIDE AWAKE TROPHY (breeder of the British bred, owned and ridden horse gaining the highest number of points)
MARTIN WHITELEY TROPHY ( British rider gaining the most points on one horse who has never been entitled to wear a Union Jack Badge and who has not previously won this Trophy)
Antoinette Mckeowen and Dinah Murdoch’s Two O Two
JEMIMA JOHNSON MEMORIAL TROPHY (rider who has not been awarded a senior union flag and epitomizes the spirit of the sport)
EDY GOLDMAN TROPHY (British Rider gaining the most points who is under 21 in the current year)
SIR JOHN BURDER TROPHY (Highest placed British competitor in the 2006 Young Rider European Championships – Pardubice, Czech Republic
HUBERT ALLFREY TROPHY (Highest placed British competitor in the 2006 Junior European Championships – Necarne Castle, Northern Ireland)
JANE ROOK TROPHY (Hightest placed British competitor in the 2006 Pony European Championships – Saumur, France)