Equestrians from up and down the country turned out in force last night for the annual Animal Health Trust Equestrian Awards.
Held at the London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square, the awards were a double celebration, with the AHT celebrating its 75th anniversary.
HRH The Princess Royal, AHT’s long standing President and avid horse enthusiast, was on hand to welcome professional riders, leading equine vets and horse welfare specialists, and to give prizes to the evening's winners.
In a speech, the Princess highlighted some of the AHT's greatest achievements – including the pioneering use of MRI for animals, huge steps forward in treating skin cancers in horses, and the Trust’s contribution to our Olympic and Paralympic teams in keeping their equine athletes safe and in the best form.
Every penny of profit made or raised by the AHT is reinvested into their industry-leading science and care for animals.
Bet Solutions International Racing Award - John Gosden
During his career, racehorse trainer John Gosden has trained over 3,000 winners in England, Europe and America, including Enable, the winner of the 2017 Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe just a few weeks ago.
Harvey Spack Field Dressage Award - Michel Assouline
Michel became the UK Para-Equestrian Dressage Team Coach in 2005 and has led Team GBR riders to win Team Gold medals at six European Championships, three World Equestrian Games and three Paralympic Games between 2005 and 2017. In Rio last year, the team returned with a total of seven gold and four silver medals in all their classes contested.
British Showjumping Award - Oliver Fletcher
Representing Great Britain at the Children’s European Championships in Samorin, Oliver won both Team Gold and Individual Bronze as a result of his superb performance across the championships. This year also saw Oliver win a Children’s International Grand Prix in Wierden riding Dahar.
Eventing Award - British eventing team
Nicola Wilson, Oliver Townend, Tina Cook and Rosalind Canter - At Strzegom this August, Great Britain's eventers won their first European Championships team gold since 2009.
Dr Reginald Wooldridge Veterinary Achievement Award - Anthony Stirk
Anthony Stirk's career has been dedicated to improving the health and welfare of racing thoroughbreds. As a direct consequence of his work, racing fatalities have been reduced by one third in the last 20 years.
LGT Vestra Under-25 Star of the Future Award - Charlotte Fry
In August, Charlotte travelled to the World Breeding Championships in Ermelo with three horses for the Van Olsts including one of the sport’s most promising young stallions, Everdale. She won the Prix St Georges and finished second in the Inter I in the ‘Stallion of the Year’ section.
SEIB Insurance Brokers Health And Welfare Award - Redwings
Following the worst strangles outbreak in 30 years, Redwings was motivated by their experience and launched their ‘Speak out on Strangles’ campaign in 2016. The ‘Speak out on Strangles’ survey aimed to better understand what horse owners know about strangles and what they currently do to protect their horse.
Animal Health Trust Special Award - Lady Harris
In 2014, Lady Harris volunteered to chair the committee for the AHT Equestrian Awards, where she helmed the event for a very successful three years - in 2016 alone raising over £130,000 for the AHT.
For more information about the event: www.aht.org.uk/equestrianawards