Clare Whi­taker scoops top award

Horse & Hound - - News Insider -

THE man­ager of the teams that to­gether notched up seven Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship medals this sum­mer has won the 2017 Bri­tish Showjump­ing (BS) Award.

Clare Whi­taker was pre­sented with the honour at the BS awards ball (3 October) af­ter 40 years of ded­i­ca­tion to the sport.

“The Bri­tish Showjump­ing Award ac­knowl­edges ex­cel­lence, com­mit­ment and con­tri­bu­tion and we were de­lighted to award it to Clare,” BS chief ex­ec­u­tive

Iain Graham told H&H. “Clare has played an in­stru­men­tal role in top level de­vel­op­ment of the sport in this coun­try and her fo­cus on giv­ing youth rid­ers a solid plat­form has seen our young rid­ers dom­i­nate for decades.

“This year, the youth teams brought home seven medals from their re­spec­tive Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships, which only serves to high­light the in­cred­i­ble suc­cess of the frame­work she has im­ple­mented.

“Clare is held in ex­tremely high re­gard by the as­so­ci­a­tion and we hope this goes some small way to­wards ex­press­ing our grat­i­tude for ev­ery­thing she does for us.”

Wil­liam Whi­taker and Uta­maro d’Ecaussines, and

Scott Brash and Hello For­ever, won the in­ter­na­tional horse and rider se­nior team and five-star awards re­spec­tively, and Annabel Shields the na­tional cham­pion ti­tle. El­lie Hall McA­teer, Oliver Fletcher, Harry Charles and Amy Inglis took the four youth rider awards, and He­len Tred­well the in­ter­na­tional stair­way ti­tle.

Robyn Clo­hessy won groom of the year, Mia Palles-Clark UKCC coach, and MTF Madame X CSIO horse debu­tant of the year. Jayne Bean won the Bri­tish breeder ti­tle for JB’s Hot Stuff.

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