Showjumpers take the honours at the British Breeders Awards ceremony

British breeders were recognised at the annual British Breeders Awards Ceremony in London on Saturday, 14 January. The event, organised by the British Horse Foundation, saw showjumpers well represented in the awards for the year 2016.

Sarah Williams, sister of showjumper Lee, collected the Seven-year-old Showjumping award for breeding Sirocco VII, a gelding with Balou du Rouet/Guidam breeding now owned by Alan Burnell and seen here with David McPherson.

The Billy Stud stepped up for the Six-year-old Showjumping award with Billy Penny, a mare by Chacco Blue out of a Kannan mare (seen here with Aoife O’Connor) has since been sold to International showjumper Leon Thijssen of the Netherlands. The Billy Stud also picked up the Eventing Seven-year-old award for Billy Walk On.

Andy Doswell and Kevin Cooper took the Five-year-old award with the Pall Mall H/Kannan mare Kesara22, pictured here with Lauren Edwards.

Millfield Counterfeit (Cooper van De Heffinck/Contender) bred by Sue Jaggar of Millfield Stud, took the three-year-old award in the Futurity Age Awards. He will compete under saddle by joint owner Simon Buckley.

Balou for Pleasure, a colt with Balou du Rouet/Contender bloodlines and bred by Lisa Maynard and Chris Jackson of Mayjack Sporthorses, took the two-year-old award.

The British Equestrian Grooms award – open to any groom who supported any British Equestrrian Team athlete at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games – deservedly went to Mark Beever, groom to Nick Skelton’s individual gold medallist Big Star.

Photos © Jumping Around & Victoria Smith