Dres­sage Life Stars up for

Rid­ers, horses and vol­un­teers are up for pres­tigous awards while a grand prix rider re­turns to the UK af­ter a year abroad and an­other cel­e­brates a new ar­rival

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pres­ti­gious awards, rider re­turns

to UK af­ter year abroad and more

DRES­SAGE rid­ers, horses and vol­un­teers are among those nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious Horse & Hound awards.

Olympic sil­ver medal­list Spencer Wil­ton is one of four short­listed for the pro­fes­sional rider of the year award, in recog­ni­tion of his stel­lar re­sults over the past year with Jen Good­man’s Su­per­nova II, help­ing Bri­tain to a close fourth place at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Gothen­burg.

Carl Hester’s Gothen­burg ride Nip Tuck is up for the Cavalor horse of the year. Once gan­gly and un­co­or­di­nated, “Bar­ney” has be­come a stal­wart of the team, fin­ish­ing fourth in­di­vid­u­ally.

Nip Tuck goes up against Pammy and Char­lie Hut­ton’s 17-year-old Abira, who, to­gether with Suzanna Hext, claimed an in­cred­i­ble three gold medals at the para Euro­peans, the horse’s fifth Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

All four mem­bers of this year’s gold medal-win­ning para team — Suzanna, Erin Or­ford, So­phie Wells and Julie Payne — are up for the Charles Owen mo­ment of the year ti­tle for their vic­tory.

This year’s Area Festival in­ter I cham­pion Deb­bie Poyn­ter is in con­tention for the Pikeur am­a­teur of the year. Deb­bie jug­gles her job as a ca­nine hy­drother­a­pist and mas­sage therapist with com­pet­ing at small tour with Key­stone For Real, whom she has trained up the lev­els her­self.

South-west Bri­tish Young Rid­ers Scheme (BYRDS) rep­re­sen­ta­tive Jo Lees is short­listed for the vol­un­teer of the year award, in recog­ni­tion of her pas­sion and in­no­va­tive ideas.

“I’m just a big kid re­ally, which helps with think­ing out­side the box,” she says. “The re­ward isn’t mon­e­tary — it’s see­ing the chil­dren hav­ing a fab­u­lous time.”

The win­ners will be re­vealed at the H&H Awards din­ner on 2 Novem­ber at As­cot Race­course.

Deb­bie Poyn­ter (left) is up for the am­a­teur award while Spencer Wil­ton is short­listed for rider of the year

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