The Horse Trust banks £10,000 after winning top award at SEIB Charity Awards

Aimi Clark

The Horse Trust was named as the winning charity at today’s SEIB Charity Awards, which followed a champagne reception and three-course meal at Dallas Burston Polo Club in Warwickshire today.

SEIB’s newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Suzy Middleton and Chief Operations Officer Bipin Thaker presented a cheque for £10,000 and a commemorative plaque to Jan Rogers and Jessica Keane from The Horse Trust (pictured above).

Nine other charities reached the final voting stage and received a further £33,000 from SEIB between them, including £8,000 for Epsom Riding for the Disabled, which was voted top small charity with a turnover of under £100,000.

The other finalists were Children’s Heart Unit Fund, Missing People, Brent Lodge Wildlife Hospital, Me&dee Charity, SiMBA, Proteus Reptile Trust, World Horse Welfare and Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare.

Only small and medium charities are eligible for the awards and they are nominated by the general public.

Customers of SEIB then have the final vote for the top 10 placings and the recipient of the £10,000 top prize.

SEIB and Horseworld Trust Inspirational Award

Sophie Gifford received this award for founding and organising the Great Horses for Health Relay ride, which celebrates horses and the important role they can play in helping mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

The ride started in May and is due to finish in October, after covering the whole of Great Britain and participating riders passing a baton between each other as they complete a section each.

The ride is also raising funds for seven equine charities.

“I am so grateful and proud to have been awarded the Inspirations Fundraiser on behalf of Horse for Health,” said Sophie. “So many people have worked very hard to pull together events across the UK. This award is a testimony to their enthusiasm and commitment.”

SEIB’s Marketing Manager, Nicolina MacKenzie, said: “We are delighted to support the amazing work Sophie has done in highlighting the positive effect our wonderful horses can have on mental health.

“The Great Horses for Health Relay has included a vast array of people from all walks of life, from right across the country.”

SEIB and NAFD Lifetime Achievement Award

Nigel Lymn Rose, Company Chairman of A.W. Lymn The Family Funeral Service, received this award.

In the fourth generation of the family business, Nigel has spent more than 50 years of his life helping the bereaved in Nottinghamshire and South Derbyshire.

“I am humbled by this award,” said Nigel. “It is nice to have my family here – even though they must have cheated on me by sending on words and pictures without me knowing – I really am honoured.

“People ask me why I don’t retire, but my work is my hobby, I don’t want to do anything else.”

The other charity award winners were:

SEIB Riding for the Disabled Association Centre of the Year

Winner: Barrow Farm RDA in Essex, with the trophy received by Anne Mitchell and Karen Lehner

Highly commended: Peggy Douglas and her daughter Sophie from Erme Valley RDA in Devon

SEIB Small Riding School of the Year

Winner: Contessa Riding and Training Centre, collected by Tina Layton and Betty Vegere

Highly commended: Gerry Dunne and manager Cam Christie of Grovely Riding Centre near Salisbury.

SEIB Large Riding School of the Year

Winner: Abergavenny-based Triley Fields Equestrian Centre (Beccy Field)

Highly commended: Lorraine Webster and April Eley of Kingsmead Equestrian Centre and Pippa Hutton from the Talland School of Equitation

SEIB Do it Yourself (DIY) Livery Yard of the Year

Winner: Berries Farm Liveries (Jen Brooker and Richard Pointer)

Highly commended: iAndrew and Abigail Turnbull from Richmond Equestrian centre in North Yorkshire

SEIB Full Livery Yard of the Year

Winner: Jason and Helen Newbold of Folly Fields Farm

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As the editor of Your Horse Online, Aimi oversees all our digital content. She has worked in equestrian media for over 15 years and joined Your Horse as editor in 2017. Aimi has owned and ridden horses all her life. She grew up on a farm in Devon and was a Tetcott & South Tetcott Pony Club member, joining with her first pony — a New Forest called Prudence — before moving on to a Danish Warmblood called Marcus and competing in all activities, but particularly enjoying eventing. She has rehomed and retrained more than 10 ex-racehorses and dabbled in point-to-pointing. There have been plenty of bumps, setbacks and heartache along the way, as well as a lot of fun and many successes. Aimi has two young children and she still loves ex-racehorses. You can often find her hacking her Thoroughbred in the Oxfordshire countryside, flying the flag for Your Horse's #Hack1000Miles challenge.

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