Horse & Hound Awards 2017

28th Sep 2017

Voting is now open for the Horse & Hound Awards 2017, which celebrate the year in equestrianism.

Now in their second year, the annual Horse & Hound Awards honour equestrian heroes from the past 12 months at a glittering, starstudded ceremony attended by numerous equestrian celebrities. Last year, multi-medalled event rider Mary King was the guest speaker and Rio Olympic showjumping champion Nick Skelton won the Lifetime Achievement Award.

This year’s ceremony will take place at Ascot Racecourse on Tuesday 2 November, where the great and good of the horse world will
come together to reflect on 2017 and party the night away. The guest speaker will be double Olympic eventing individual gold medallist
Mark Todd.

The Award nominees are revealed in today’s issue (dated 28 September) and voting is open until 5 October at
www.horseandhound.co.uk/awards.

There are 12 categories this year with 10 open to public vote and two being judged by Horse & Hound’s expert team. The categories not
only recognise high-profile stars, but also champion success among amateur riders and show our appreciation for those who keep our
horses on the road day in, day out, as well as the volunteers and clubs who make it possible for so many to enjoy their sport.

H&H magazine editor Pippa Roome commented: “The H&H Awards are a wonderful night where the equestrian world can honour its
high achievers and unsung heroes. Best of all, the Awards involve our readers all the way through — from nominations to voting to a full
write-up of the night in the magazine after the event. Reading the nominees’ stories in this week’s issue has been inspirational, uplifting,
fascinating and humbling. I hope everyone else enjoys them as much as I did.”

H&H head of market Justeen Jones added: “Following on from the success of the inaugural H&H Awards last year, we’re delighted to
welcome both returning and new sponsors for 2017. The enthusiasm and goodwill that the Awards generated across all of our platforms
meant that our sponsors really were at the heart of the H&H Awards. Even recently, the Awards were described by a sponsor as ‘The
night out of the year’. We look forward to celebrating all the equestrian achievements of 2017 with our sponsors, nominees and guests on the night.”

The 12 Award categories are:

  • Cavalor Horse of the Year
  • Professional Rider of the Year
  • Charles Owen Moment of the Year
  • Pikeur Amateur of the Year
  • Horseware Groom of the Year
  • Saracen Young Rider of the Year
  • Topspec Vet of the Year
  • NAF Five Star PROFEET Farrier of the Year
  • Volunteer of the Year
  • NAF Five Star Riding Club of the Year
  • Horse & Hound Inspiration of the Year (decided by H&H team)
  • Horse & Hound Lifetime Achievement Award (decided by H&H team)