Horse & Hound readers are being asked to nominate companies and individuals for two special awards — the Special Award and the Voluntary Services Award, two of the Animal Health Trust Equestrian Awards.

This annual ceremony is both a big fund raiser for the Animal Health Trust and a glittering landmark on the equestrian’s social calendar, celebrating the whole spectrum of the horse industry: from show jumping to racing to veterinary science to charity. It takes place on 2 November at London’s Royal Lancaster Hotel.

Nominations for the Special Award should be organisations, companies or individuals who have made a major contribution to equestrian sport. In the past it has been given to the British Paralympic team, jockey A P McCoy and London 2012 bid leader Lord Sebastian Coe.

The Voluntary Services Award recognises people and organisations who have made a difference to the equine industry through their volunteer work. Past recipients of this award range from the Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund to commentator Mike Tucker to Johanna Bardon of the National Foaling Bank.

“This is one of our flagship events and plays a very important role in our relationship with the entire equine industry,” said Lord Kirkham, chairman of the AHT executive committee.

To register your nomination, email with the name of the award in the subject line (AHT Special Award or AHT Voluntary Services Award) and the name of the individual or company you are nominating in the email body. For more information about the awards visit:

Former AHT award winners

Veterinary Achievement Award
1989 Dr WR (Twink) Allen
1990 Professor David Onions
1991 Professor Walter Plowright
1992 Dr Peter Rossdale
1993 Dr Jenny Mumford
1994 Professor Leo Jeffcott
1995 Professor Peter Lees
1996 Professor Barrie Edwards
1997 Dr Polly Taylor
1998 Dr Paddy Dixon
1999 Dr Tim Mair
2000 Mr John Walmsley
2001 Professor Allen Goodship
2002 Mr Derek Knottenbelt
2003 Geoff Lane
2004 Bruce McGorum
2005 Lord Soulsby

Voluntary Service Award
1989 The Fortune Centre
1990 The International League for the Protection of Horses
1991 Marjorie Langford
1992 Sister Mary Joy
1993 The Worshipful Company of Saddlers
1994 The Brooke Hospital for Animals
1995 Riding for the Disabled
1996 Rosemary Barlow
1997 The Home of Rest for Horses
1998 Bernard Donigan
1999 Johanna Vardon
2000 Mike Tucker
2001 Michael Clayton
2002 St John’s Ambulance
2003 Carrie Humble
2004 SPANA
2005 Mark Davies Injured Riders Fund

Animal Health Trust Special Award
1989 Major WR Hern
1990 British Endurance Team
1991 HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
1992 Raymond Brookes-Ward
1993 Sir Harry Llewellyn Bt
1994 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
1995 Lt Col Bill Lithgow
1996 British Paralympic Team
1997 HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
1998 Dick Saunders
1999 Jenny Pitman
2000 Jennie Loriston-Clarke
2001 Aidan O’Brien
2002 A P McCoy
2003 British Dressage Team
2004 Junior
2005 Lord Sebastian Coe

Equestrian Personality of the Year
1989 Peter Scudamore
1990 John Whitaker
1991 Mary Thompson
1992 Pippa Nolan
1993 Emile Faurie
1994 Karen Dixon
1995 Richard Dunwoody
1996 Geoff Billington
1997 William Fox-Pitt
1998 Chris Bartle
1999 Ian Stark
2000 Vere Phillips (on Coral Cove)
2001 John Whitaker

Sporting Award
1989 Nick Skelton
1990 Marcus Armytage
1991 Michael Whitaker
1992 George Bowman
1993 Ginny Elliot
1994 Willie Carson
1995 Kristina Gifford
1996 Walter Swinburn
1997 Frankie Dettori
1998 Howard Hipwood
1999 Richard Dunwoody
2000 The British Eventing Team with Yogi Breisner
2001 Lee Pearson

Top Horse Award
1989 Desert Orchid
1990 Milton
1991 Generous
1992 Murphy Himself
1993 Jodami
1994 Get Smart
1995 Chaka
1996 It’s Otto
1997 Virtual Village Welham
1998 Double Trigger
1999 Abbervail Dream
2000 Dubai Millennium
2001 Galileo

Racing Award
2000 David Nicholson
2001 Dr Peter Webbon
2002 Rock of Gibraltar
2003 Persian Punch
2004 Attraction
2005 David ‘Dandy’ Nicholls

Sport Horse Breeding Award
2001 Clive Halsall

Eventing Award
2002 Jeanette Brakewell (Over to You)
2003 Pippa Funnell
2004 Leslie Law
2005 Zara Phillips

Dressage Award
2002 Desi Dillingham
2003 Nicola Tustain
2004 Carl Hester
2005 Laura Bechtolsheimer

Show Jumping Award
2002 Colton Maelstrom
2003 Di Lampard
2004 Robert Smith
2005 Ben Maher

Showing Award
2002 Out of Sight (Sarah Gallagher)
2003 Louise Bell
2004 Beamish III
2005 Lynn Russell and Draco