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

Horse & Hound - - Letters - PIPPA ROOME

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.

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