The Animal Health Trust rewards worthy winners
Recognition for achievements of individuals from across industry
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