Know an exceptional individual or organisation working within the equestrian sector who deserves recognition for their endeavours? The National Equine Forum (NEF) is welcoming nominations for the Sir Colin Spedding Award 2024 to champion those who strive to make difference in the horse world but are, as yet, unacknowledged.

The Sir Colin Spedding Award was introduced in 2013 in Sir Colin’s memory and is presented annually at the National Equine Forum, to an exceptional unsung heroes or organisations within the industry.

Sir Colin Spedding was the founding chairman of the NEF and chaired the event for 20 years until his death in 2012. He ensured that representatives of all areas of the equine sphere were made welcome at the Forum, and that topics of general interest and concern could be discussed “openly and amicably”.

“During the past decade the Sir Colin Spedding Award has become one of the most coveted accolades within the equestrian sector,” said Jane Holderness-Roddam, The Sir Colin Spedding Award sub-committee Chair. “Not least because it gives those who have otherwise hidden their light under a bushel, the time to truly shine.”

To submit a nomination, visit read the checklist on the website and write, in no more than 100 words, why you believe your chosen candidate – an individual or an organisation – should be considered for the award and complete the nomination form before 31 July, 2023. Multiple nominations for the same person or organisation will not carry additional merit.

The winner will be invited to attend the National Equine Forum, where the award will be formally presented.

Lead image of Charlotte Thornycroft, winner of the 2023 Sir Colin Spedding Award, with HRH The Princess Royal. Credit: Craig Payne Photography

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