The newly-crowned eventing World Champion, Yasmin Ingham and individual medallists from this summer’s Junior and Young Rider European Championships, Alice Casburn and Isabelle Cook, were among the winners at British Eventing’s  (BE) end-of-season awards.

Hosted by The Event Horse Owners Association (EHOA) at Cheltenham racecourse, awards were presented to both Yasmin and her horse, Banzai Du Loir. Yasmin received the Jane Holderness-Roddam Trophy, presented to the highest placed British Senior Rider in the respective yearly Championship and the Calcutta Light Horse Trophy, for the British horse gaining the highest number of points throughout the season, went to Banzai Du Loir’s owners, Sue Davies and Janette Chinn.

“I am so proud to receive these awards,” said Yasmin. “Banzai and I have had the most incredible year, with a second in our five-star debut and then becoming Individual World Champions in Pratoni in September is something I never thought possible. It’s been a complete dream.”

Another horse honoured at the awards was Ros Canter’s British-bred ride, Lordships Graffalo. His breeders, the Lordships Stud at Writtle College in Essex, collected the Wide Awake Trophy – presented to the breeder of the British bred, owned and ridden horse gaining the highest number of points. A second-place finish at Badminton and individual fourth at the World Championships in Pratoni were the standout moments of a superb season for the 10-year-old gelding owned by Michele Saul.

Juniors and Young Riders

The Hubert Allfrey Trophy, presented to the highest placed British rider in the Junior European Championship, was awarded to West Sussex’s Isabelle Cook after her individual silver medal with Mexican Law and The Sir John Burder Trophy, given to the highest placed British rider in the Young Riders Championship, went to Norfolk’s Alice Casburn for her individual bronze medal success with Topspin.

There was a second honour for Alice, who also received the Edy Goldman Trophy – awarded to the British U21 rider gaining the most points throughout the year. The BE awards cap an incredible week for Alice, who was also awarded this year’s Longines FEI Rising Star Award in Cape Town, South Africa over the weekend.

The success of pony riders was also recognised, with the Jane Rook Trophy – presented to the highest placed British competitor in the current Pony Rider European Championship – being awarded to Pippa Royle from Wiltshire, for her fifth-place finish with Midnight Engagement in Strzegom, Poland.

The Tony Collings Memorial Trophy, presented to the British rider gaining the highest number of points on any horse or horses, went to Oliver Townend in recognition of another outstanding season for the Shropshire-based rider and the Britannia Trophy, for the British rider with the most wins gained on any horse or horses at CCI4* level not to have carried union flag at a championships, went to Mollie Summerland. Mollie, now based in Wiltshire, had some great results with the gelding Charly Van Ter Heiden again this season – including a CCI4*-S win at Barbury in July.

“It is a privilege to be able to celebrate some of the outstanding achievements of our members this year, as we reflect on what has been another fabulous year of sport,” said BE Chief Executive, Helen West who presented the awards. “We would like to extend our deepest thanks to Linda Allan and her team at the EHOA for their hard work in organising the event and their generosity in welcoming the British Eventing awards alongside their own awards and those of the British Horse Federation. What a great way to end the season.”

Lead image by FEI / Richard Juilliart

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