How refreshing it has been to see all the media coverage that the amazing grooms who supported the equestrian teams athletes at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games receive and quite rightly so as they played such a big part in the overall success of the Team GB and ParalympicsGB equestrian teams.
Haddon Training are once again providing an opportunity for these often unsung heroes of the equestrian industry to be recognised through its sponsorship of the British Grooms Awards that will be presented at the annual British Breeders Awards Dinner in London.
Chris Hewlett, Managing Director of Haddon Training said, “Whilst the media coverage for the Equestrian Team GB grooms has highlighted the important role they played in the success of Equestrian Team GB, so many grooms do not receive the acknowledgement they deserve for their hard work and commitment to the equines in their care. Through sponsoring British Grooms Awards, I hope this provides the backbone of the equine industry the chance to be recognised and rewarded”.
The categories and criteria for the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards 2016 are:
The Haddon Training British Grooms Award: Open to all grooms in the equestrian industry working in the UK; those working in competition yards, riding schools, welfare centres, trekking centres and studs will be equally eligible and can include self-employed and full-time grooms. A runners up Award will also be given in this category.
The Haddon Training British Equestrian Team Grooms Award, who, in the opinion of the judging panel, has made an outstanding contribution as a groom who supported any Equestrian athlete at the Rio Olympic and Paralympic Games 2016 in the following disciplines:- Dressage, Eventing, Showjumping and Para-Equestrian Dressage.
The Haddon Training Yard Manager Award: Must have a minimum of 5 years working in the Equine industry in the UK, with 2 years working as a commercial manager.
The Haddon Training Apprentice Award: Must be a Horse Care apprentice and can only be nominated by their employer. The apprentice must be on their apprenticeship programme for a minimum of 9 months and can still be nominated for another 3 months after completion. The judges will need supporting evidence from their training provider to confirm they are in-learning/ have completed their apprenticeship.
Nominations are now open and to nominate a candidate for the Haddon Training British Grooms Awards, follow this link http://www.bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=Breeders-Awards-Dinner to download a form or complete the online form, alternatively you can also submit your nomination via video by submitting a link to the video on YouTube, or an alternative Cloud storage website (Dropbox/ We Transfer).
Nominations close Friday 18 November 2016
The awards will be presented at the annual British Breeders’ Awards Dinner, hosted and organised by the British Horse Foundation in London on 14 January 2017, Grange City Hotel, London EC3N 2BQ