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Equestrians honoured at AHT awards

Theresa McCaffrey

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The Animal Health Trust's (AHT) awards have honoured the best of the best in the equestrian world.It has been a successful past few years for the sport in the UK starting with the strong performance during the London 2012 Olympic Games. Crowds flocked to Greenwich Park to see Team GB excel in both the individual and team events beating off competition from the likes of Germany and the Netherlands.

The strong performance has flowed from there and 2013 was recently capped off with Scott Brash winning the Global Champions Tour final in Doha. The rider and his horse Hello Sanctos claimed victory in the 12th and final Longines GCT grand prix which saw him take home the £370,000 prize.

To honour the UK's great year for equestrain the AHT held a glitzy event in event where over 400 people attended. Mike Tucker and Zoey Bird, from Sky's At The Races, hosted the ceremony while the Princess Royal handed out the awards. Among the seven categories, Desi Dillingham MBE was given a special award for her contribution to the equestrian world.

Charlotte Dujardin claimed the dressage award after her impressive performances in the European championships, claiming a gold medal in the Olympics and setting a new world record in the grand prix. Katrina Moore won the showjumping accolade for her hard work as the chef d'equipe for the GB pony team which has won 22 European team and individual gold medals.

Other recipients were Sue Dyson (veterinary award), Ebony Horse Club (voluntary award), Lady Jane Cecil (accepting the racing award on behalf of Sir Henry Cecil), Bramham International horse trial (eventing award) and Rob Hoekstra who was given the AHT special award.

Chloë Bowler, corporate fundraising manager at the Animal Health Trust, said: “The 25th anniversary of the Animal Health Trust UK equestrian awards was a huge celebration of equestrian talent and contribution.

"This year nominations recognised contribution and achievement over the last 25 years, which showcased a great array of talented individuals and horses.”