The An­i­mal Health Trust re­wards wor­thy win­ners

Recog­ni­tion for achieve­ments of in­di­vid­u­als from across in­dus­try

Horse & Hound - - News Insider - By ELEANOR JONES

THE Bri­tish event­ing team, Harry Charles, So­phie Wells and the late Mike Tucker were among the win­ners of the 2018 An­i­mal Health Trust (AHT) awards.

The AHT dres­sage award went to “ul­ti­mate sportswoman” So­phie, whose “supreme ded­i­ca­tion” paid off at the World Eques­trian Games (WEG), where she took two golds and team sil­ver on C Fa­tal At­trac­tion.

“I didn’t think I had a hope against the amaz­ing Char­lotte Du­jardin and Char­lotte Fry, and can’t be­lieve I won. What a mas­sive hon­our,” she said.

Team-mates Ros Can­ter, Tom McEwen, Gemma Tat­ter­sall,

Piggy French and re­serve Tina Cook were named win­ners of the event­ing award at the cer­e­mony in Lon­don on 31 Oc­to­ber, thanks to their team and Ros’s in­di­vid­ual gold medals at WEG.

Harry Charles took the showjump­ing award, af­ter a year in which the 19-year-old won dou­ble young rider Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship gold.

“Harry is openly talked about on the in­ter­na­tional cir­cuit as be­ing the most tal­ented youth rider the sport has on a global level,” the AHT spokesman said. Harry also won the un­der-25 star of the fu­ture ti­tle.

The un­sung hero award was given posthu­mously to Mike Tucker, the voice of horse sport, who died in March. It was col­lected by his widow An­gela, son An­drew and daugh­ter Emma.

“This year the award was pre­sented to an ex­tra­or­di­nary un­sung hero for his life­time of self­less con­tri­bu­tions and ded­i­ca­tion to the sport,” said the spokesman. “A man who touched many peo­ple’s lives and was a huge and much-loved char­ac­ter and true friend to many.”

Trainer Jes­sica Har­ring­ton won the in­ter­na­tional rac­ing ti­tle, hav­ing this year sad­dled “bril­liant” filly Al­pha Cen­tauri to four Group One vic­to­ries.

Dr Ed Robin­son, a “truly great pi­o­neer of equine medicine”, won the vet­eri­nary achieve­ment award.

Dr Robin­son was the first to per­form di­rect mea­sure­ments of hoof blood flow, he pi­o­neered study­ing re­cur­rent air­way ob­struc­tion as a model of hu­man asthma and founded the world equine air­way sym­po­sium. He has pub­lished more than 200 sci­en­tific pa­pers and 10 text­books.

“This award is in recog­ni­tion of Dr Robin­son’s phe­nom­e­nal con­tri­bu­tions to vet­eri­nary medicine which have also had a great im­pact on hu­man medicine,” the spokesman said.

The win­ners of the 2018 An­i­mal Health Trust awards

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