Jodphurs or a ball dress? This week needed both...
It was time to dust off the frocks this week as the second H&H Awards proved a sizzling success
LOOKING at my diary at the start of last week, there seemed an awful lot of moving parts in terms of timings, places and clothes. I had a brief nightmare vision of turning up in a black tie dress at a showjumping clinic on Wednesday or in jodhpurs at the H&H Awards on Thursday.
Happily, both events went off well (and I was suitably dressed). The showjumping clinic was a first outing for mine and Mum’s new horse, Alfie. It was just the fourth time I’d sat on him and the first time I’d jumped more than a single fence for 10 years, but after a spook at the first plank, he kept his halo firmly in place.
Juggling multiple roles successfully is nothing to many of the winners at this year’s H&H
Awards and none more so than Pikeur Amateur of the Year Alice Goring, who events at two-star alongside a career in osteoporosis research and was returning to work after the ceremony to
prepare for a pitch to potential investors the next day. That really is dedication.
We’d been promising the H&H Awards would be “bigger and better” this year after the inaugural event last autumn and it proved so. Nick Skelton was the first person through the doors at 6pm and a sparkling evening rolled on from there. Turn to page 29 to see the pictures and read all the winners’ stories.