Dressage pony team and Martin Clunes among equestrian award winners

  • The British dressage pony team (pictured), world number one showjumper Scott Brash and actor Martin Clunes were among the winners at this year’s Animal Health Trust awards.

    The awards, which are now in their 27th year, took place in London on Thursday (29 October) and celebrate successes of the equestrian year.

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    The showjumping award went to world number one Scott Brash after his historical win in the Rolex Grand Slam this year with Hello Sanctos.

    The dressage award was won by Britain’s pony team of Phoebe Peters with SL Lucci, Rebecca Bell with Valido’s Sunshine, Isobel Berrington with DHI Langar and Clare Hole with Rembrandt DDH.

    Earlier this year, in Malmo, Sweden, the team claimed gold ahead of Germany and Denmark – making history as the first time that Great Britain has ever won the team gold.

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    Young eventer Will Furlong was named the under 25s star of the future, which is a new award for 2015.

    Will is this year’s young rider European double gold medallist, winning both the individual and team gold medal at the Europeans at Strezgom in Poland.

    The eventing award went to Yvonne Smith who has been working at Scottish and north of England British Eventing competitions for more than 30 years. She was nominated by Alec Lochore, director at Blair Castle Horse Trials.

    Derby, Arc and Coral-Eclipse winner Golden Horn was crowned the winner of the racing award.

    Bred in England by his owner Anthony Oppenheimer, Golden Horn is trained by John Gosden and was partnered in his victories by Frankie Dettori.

    Tim Greet, managing partner and senior surgeon at Rossdales Equine Hospital, Newmarket, won the veterinary award.

    The voluntary award was collected by Brough Scott on behalf of the Injured Jockey’s Fund. The IJF, established in 1964, has helped more than 1,000 jockeys and their families to date and has paid out more than £18m in charitable assistance.

    The Animal Health Trust special award went to actor Martin Clunes, who has been President of The British Horse Society since June 2011.

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    “The AHT UK Equestrian Awards is the flagship event in our fundraising calendar, raising vital funds for our work fighting disease and injury and horses, dogs and cats. We’re thrilled that it has been so well supported yet again and would especially like to thank Lady Harris, who has chaired the organising committee during 2015,” said Sophie Tyser, of the AHT.

    “The addition on the Under 25’s star of the future award and new venue have really helped to keep the awards evening exciting and more relevant to those who will no doubt go on to make equestrian history and will be celebrated in these awards for years to come.”

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