Breeders set to receive their BE Breeders Medals

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Vin Jones, Chairman of BE’s Breeding panel, will award British Eventing’s BREEDER MEDALS at the Breeders Awards dinner this Saturday (12th January 2013) at the Grange City Hotel in London.

Organised by the charity, The British Horse Foundation, this is the most important evening in the sport horse breeder’s calendar when breeders are recognised for their contributions to the UK sport horse breeding industry.

The British Eventing Breeder’s Medal is awarded annually and goes to the breeders of the best placed British-bred horse in each level of the BE Young Horse Championships.

This year’s worthy recipients are:
Mrs Sharon Bishop, breeder and owner of Parkfield Quintessential (Quicksilber x Carino Sun, AES) who was placed third in the 2012 four year old Championships, ridden by Zoe Wilkinson.

Mrs Penny Roots of Freckleton Stud, the breeder and owner of Freckleton Mythago (Monte Carlo x Laurenz, WBS), who came second in the five year old Championships under Ginny Turnbull.

Stephen and Andrea Hobbs of Alvescot Stud who bred Alvescot Mighty Mouse (Miley x Pouchka III, CHAPS). The horse was placed eleventh in the six year old Championships ridden by his owner Sophie Jenman.

Brian and Vicky Tew, the breeders and owners of Floating Island (Jumbo x Shenang Hati, SHB GB) seventh in the seven year old Championships ridden by Julie.

Wide Awake Trophy
In addition to the above awards, Vin Jones will also present British Eventing’s Wide Awake Trophy for the top performing British bred event horse of the season, which for the 2012 season goes to Andrew Nicholson, breeder of Avebury, (Jumbo x Bairn, SHB GB) and with whom he won the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials 2012 for owners Rosemary and Mark Barlow with the gelding’s most significant performance in 2012.

The trophy is named after the horse Wide Awake, on whom Lucinda Green won Badminton in 1976. The story has a sad end as he sadly died on his lap of honour. However in his memory, this trophy was introduced by his owner in remembrance of his achievement.

Vin Jones comments: “I am delighted to be awarding these awards to the breeders of these very talented horses. Breeding sport horses requires lot of commitment but what is really good to see is that these British bred horses can hold their own and shows that the breeding of Event horses is on the up in Great Britain”

British Eventing Young Horse Championships are contested annually for four, five, six and seven year old horses. Organised on behalf of British Eventing by Stuart and Anna Buntine in the beautiful park at Osberton House in Nottinghamshire, these Championships are held to identify the most talented young event horses in the UK with national qualifiers for the four and five year old horse for the finals whilst the six year old horses contest at CIC1* level and the seven year olds compete in a CCI2*.

To find out more about the BE Young Horse Championships please visit www.britisheventing.com/younghorse

To learn more about the Breeders Awards dinner, please visit www.bef.co.uk/britishbreeding

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