The Animal Health Trust is very proud to announce this year’s British Showjumping Award nominees for 2017, selected by British Showjumping. Three young talented riders have been shortlisted for the prestigious title and will be judged in a new and exciting format; with the winner being selected by a panel of previous champions, including the 2016 British Showjumping Award winner Nick Skelton CBE.
Amy Inglis: Riding her mother’s homebred mare Wishes, Amy was a member of the Gold Medal winning team at the Young Rider European Championships in addition to winning Individual Bronze for Great Britain in Samorin, Slovakia last month. In addition, this year has seen Amy win a senior CSI 1* Grand Prix in Le Touquet (FRA) and a CSI 1* Grand Prix in Oliva (ESP) earlier on in the year. She was also a member of the Young Rider Nations Cup teams that competed in Wierden (NED) and Opglabbeek (BEL) finishing 3rd and 4th respectively.
Harry Charles: Harry won Team Silver and Individual Silver at this year’s Junior European Championships in Sanmorin, Slovakia this summer with his father’s horse Vivaldi du Dom. In addition to this year’s medal wins, 2017 has also seen Harry finish 2nd in a senior CSI 2* Grand Prix in Spain earlier on in the year, as well as further placings at senior CSI 2* international Grand Prix level in Knokke (BEL) and Chepstow. This summer also saw Harry win a Junior International Grand Prix in Wierden (NED) where he was also a member of the winning British Junior Nations Cup Team.
Oliver Fletcher: Representing Great Britain at the Children’s European Championships in Samorin, Oliver Fletcher won both Team Gold and Individual Bronze as a result of his superb performance across the championships. Riding Hello Disckoboy D.N., a horse owned by Lady Pauline Kirkham and Lady Pauline Harris, Oliver showed maturity and talent beyond his years. This year also saw Oliver win a Children’s International Grand Prix in Wierden (NED) riding Dahar.
Iain Graham, Chief Executive for British Showjumping commented “It has been an exceptional year for our four youth teams who won a total of seven medals between them at their respective European Championships this summer. In addition to all the teams ensuring Great Britain of a place on the podium, the three nominees also went on to win Individual medals which we felt more than deserved recognition by being put forward for this year’s prestigious Animal Health Trust Equestrian Awards”.
2017 is a particularly special year for the Animal Health Trust as it celebrates its 75th Anniversary. Its work over the last 75 years has aimed at improving the health and welfare of all equines, from elite competition horses to beloved family ponies. The Trust’s vital research into equine infectious diseases and injuries has supported the education of horse owners and governing bodies such as British Showjumping, to ensure the good health of horses today and in the future. In particular, the sport has benefited from research into warm-up regimes for competition; kinematic assessments of a horse before, during and after a fence; and investigation of an equine athletes biochemical reactions during work. Results of which help trainers, riders and vets improve the performance of their team – which can mean the difference between winning, and losing.
The annual AHT UK Equestrian Awards will be hosted at The London Marriott Hotel Grosvenor Square on Tuesday 31 October. Tickets and tables are still available, but will be in high demand as guests have the opportunity to share an evening alongside true equine royalty and their favourite equine stars. For more information: www.aht.org.uk/equestrianawards
Article Source: British Showjumping News
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