Preparations are underway for The Animal Health Trust UK Equestrian Awards 2016, which will take place at the Dorchester Hotel in London on 27 October.
The event celebrates the achievements of those within the equestrian field – from eventing and dressage to showjumping and racing – and this year’s nominees include Paralympic gold medallist Sophie Christiansen and Olympic gold medallists Carl Hester and Nick Skelton.
The awards, which started in 1989, also raise money for the Animal Health Trust, a charity that works to keep the UK’s horses fit, healthy and disease free.
Final year at the helm
It is event chairman Lady Harris’ third Equestrian Awards in the role and also her final year at the helm before she hands over the reins.
She said: “I’m hoping I continue my good fortune of each year being better than the last, and will be able to go out on a huge high.
“We have had such wonderful results from all our equestrian disciplines this summer in Rio – there are so many achievements to celebrate and a huge selection of deserving winners nominated in each category to be especially proud of.”
The event will also feature a silent auction open to all, and a live auction on the night.
“We of course hope our guests and all AHT supporters will be brave and bold in their bidding to help us push the total beyond that of last year,” said Lady Harris. “However, I would hope somewhere close to £100,000 to declare the event a success in raising vital funds for the AHT.”
- To support the AHT and bid on the auction lots, visit www.aht.org.uk/equestrianawards