RHASS Sponsored horsescotland National Equestrian Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Tuesday 05 March 2019

RHASS Sponsored horsescotland National Equestrian Awards 2019 Winners Announced

Credit Sinclair Photography  for ceremony photographs

RHASS Sponsored horsescotland National Equestrian Awards 2019 Winners Announced

The horsescotland National Equestrian Awards 2019, very kindly sponsored by RHASS, took place on Friday 1st March at Doubletree Dunblane Hydro.

These prestigious awards celebrate and honour the outstanding contributions within Scottish equestrianism, providing an opportunity to both acknowledge and congratulate the success, performance, effort and sheer determination shown by so many throughout the year.

Following a drinks reception, horsescotland Chair, Grant Turnbull, welcomed over 300 guests. Grant stated “ I am delighted to be involved in such a progressive equestrian community in Scotland and it it is tremendous to see the support of so many of our Member bodies. The quality and number of award nominations received this year has exceeded all expectation”.  Special thanks were given to RHASS for their continued sponsorship support.

Highly respected ex National Hunt Jockey, Peter Scudamore MBE, took to the stage after an excellent meal and entertained everyone with an interesting and humorous speech.

Finally, the waiting was over and the winners were announced. Awards were presented by RHASS chairman, Allan J. Murray and Peter Scudamore MBE.

RDA Chief Executive Ed Bracher, followed on by thanking horsescotland for helping to celebrate the 50th anniversary of RDA in Scotland before presenting the RDA Scotland Outstanding Contribution award to Susie Elliot MBE. Ed expressed his gratitude by saying “Thank you so much to horsescotland for marking our 50th anniversary in this way and allowing us to show off the power and importance of our volunteers”

The full list of winners (Photography – Sinclair Photography):

             

1. Equestrian Business of the Year

Lindores Equestrian – Celebrating 30 years in business this year, Lindores Equestrian has supported not only the equestrian community but also Scottish tourism. They have listened to demands and needs and continually develop the business in response. Their focus on customer care is exemplary.

2. Employee of the Year

Jamie Turnbull - Jamie has made a significant contribution to Scottish Racing as an assistant trainer. His hard work and dedication helped produce the 2017 Grand National winner and in 2018 he worked with the team to produce a total of fifty winners.  It is clear that he is an integral and pivotal part of the team at Arlary House Racing.

 

3. Youth Coach of the Year

Sean Henderson – Through his coaching, Sean has demonstrated a great ability to inspire confidence and to encourage riders to develop, participate and enjoy their sport.

 

4. Young People’s Coach of the Year

Jennifer Burnett – Over the past 10 years, Jennifer has coached over 200 horse and rider combinations. As a result,  the Scottish Junior Tetrathlon girls team is consistently in the top four and the boys team have won twice.

 

5. Participation Coach of the Year

Martin Arnott - Martin shows a genuine desire to see both the horse and rider develop regardless of their experience or age. By building on traditional coaching approaches and using video review techniques, he helps riders to acquire the knowledge to train their own horses.  He has also developed links internationally and delivered the UKCC platform in the United Arab Emirates.

6. Performance Coach of the Year

Andrew Hamilton - The judging panel were surprised that Andrew had not won this award before.  He was one of the first in Scotland to complete the UKCC level 3 coaching certificate. A former British International Showjumper, he has been influential in working with riders at all levels.

 

 

Award collected by Lucy Moss (British Showjumping Scotland) and Claire Lockhead-Anderson

7. Youth Performer of the Year

Nicole Lockhead-Anderson & Shaunie Greig – Joint winners, Nicole and Shaunie’s hard work has certainly paid off over the last year. Amongst several notable individual victories throughout the year, they were part of the gold winning British Pony Team, Team LeMieux, at the Pony European Championships, Bishop Burton in August 2018.

 

Award collected by Sandra Low-Mitchell

8. Performer of the Year

Graham Babes – A member of the horsescotland elite performance squad, this young man has had many international successes in the last year.  Graham was part of the British Young Rider team which took silver at the European showjumping Championships.

 

9. Youth Volunteer of the Year

Alexandra MacMillan – Alexandra is a dedicated young lady who has consistently proven herself to be reliable and competent with a true desire to learn.  She has covered many miles in her volunteer role and is also an aspiring young judge.

 

10. Volunteer of the Year

Fiona Roebuck – Having spent 29 years as a volunteer on the the committee of the National Pony Society Scotland, Fiona is now the current Chair. Over the years she has shown unbounded commitment and continues to push forward the development of the Society.  She dedicates her time to supporting the running of the light horse sections at various agricultural shows and following fifteen years of stewarding at the Royal Highland Show was recently elected Regional Director of the Light Horse section.

 

11. Club of the Year

Equi-Power Central Scotland RDA - There are many equestrian clubs in Scotland who offer exceptional support and facilities to participants.  However, this club really stands out.  They are committed to ensuring club members gain more than just equestrian aptitude by giving them life skills for the future.

 

12. Team of the Year

South of Scotland Select - Unbeaten in Scottish and British competition this team represented Britain in the 2018 European championships finishing fourth in their category. Highly motivated and very involved in their sport, most of the members are already coaching others towards future success.

13. Equine Breeder of the Year

Reay Campbell – Highly respected, Reay of Caledonia Dressage Horses has bred exceptional foals through her excellent breeding programme, providing many equestrians, not just in Scotland but further afield, with the opportunity to excel. She is a dedicated individual with many years of experience.

 

14. Owner of the Year

Gordon Grainger – Gordon has gone way beyond just providing a horse. By supporting the rider in all aspects of training and competing, his horse has gone on to compete and win. Rider and horse have so far excelled to become British Elementary Gold Freestyle Champions and British Elementary Gold Champions.

 

15. Writer of the Year

Emma Cheape - Through their writing to a national audience, an increase in participation has been reported along with increased support for charities. Emma has brought equestrianism to a wider audience through traditional print and online media

 

                                                                                 

 

16. Equestrian Photo of the Year

Equi-Power Central Scotland RDA – Equi-Power’s photo submission achieved over 1200 likes on the horsescotland Facebook page. A firm favourite with our public voters.

17. Lifetime Achievement

David Blair & Tom Best - Previousl school teachers, Tom and David became involved in equine breeding when they formed Waxwing Stud in 1972. Their Welsh Section A and B ponies are renowned for having excellent temperaments and trainability. Many have gone on to become winners, including Horse of the Year Show Supreme Pony Champion ‘Waxwing Thumbs Up’. Their continued passion and dedication to the world of breeding, showing and judging coupled with their willingness to share their knowledge and expertise makes them very worthy winners of this award.

 

Award collected by Anne Logan and Mark Turnbull

18. Board Special Recognition

Ursula XII – Special recognition goes to an outstanding equine who recently retired from an exceptional career in showjumping. This Scottish sport horse mare was bred in 2001by Mary Turnbull and was originally produced by horsescotland performance programme rider, Mark Turnbull. Her career was furthered under the ownership of Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham. This exceptionally talented mare, along with top Scottish rider Scott Brash, went on to secure many wins at top level showjumping worldwide.

 

19. RDA Scotland Outstanding Contribution

Susie Elliot MBE – A volunteer for over 50 years, Susie has inspired countless others. Her selfless commitment and dedication has enabled many at both regional and national level to develop and succeed.

For further information, please contact: Jean Thomson (Membership Liaison Adviser), horsescotland – 07834558916 or jean@horsescotland.org

horsescotland is the national organisation for all equestrian sports and activity in Scotland and was founded in 1998. The vision that we share with our members is:

To enable those in our sport and sector,

by supporting their development,

to excel in what they do best…

The key outcomes for Scottish equestrianism are to:

  • increase the overall levels of participation and equestrian activity in Scotland
  • enable Scottish riders, drivers, vaulters and equines to excel on the world stage
  • support horsescotland member bodies to flourish by working collaboratively

horsescotland is a partner of sportscotland (the national sports agency) and seeks to enable equestrian sport and the equestrian sector in Scotland to develop and excel through the highest levels of participation in the sport and the highest levels of growth for the country's equestrian industry.

horsescotland represents  its Member Bodies and a growing number of individual and club members, providing high quality support, funding, training and coaching for all those with an interest in the horse.

PHOTOS (left to right)
Photographer – Sinclair Photography

1.           Equestrian Business of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE, Lindores Equestrian, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

2.           Employee of the Year

Jamie Turnbull, Peter Scudamore MBE, Allan J. Murray(RHASS)  

3.           Youth Coach of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Sean Henderson, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

4.           Young People’s Coach of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Jennifer Burnett, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

5.           Participation Coach of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Martin Arnott, Allan J. Murray(RHASS)

6.           Performance Coach of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Andrew Hamilton, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

7.           Youth Performer of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Lucy Moss (British Showjumping Scotland) collecting on behalf of Shaunie Greig, Claire Lockhead-Anderson collecting on behalf of Nicole Lockhead-Anderson, Allan J. Murray(RHASS)

8.           Performer of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Sandra Low-Mitchell collecting on behalf of Graham Babes,  Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

9.           Youth Volunteer of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Alexandra MacMillan, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

10.         Volunteer of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Fiona Roebuck, Allan J. Murray(RHASS)

11.         Club of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Equi-Power Central Scotland RDA, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

12.         Team of the Year

South of Scotland Select, Allan J. Murray(RHASS)

13.         Equine Breeder of the Year

Allan J. Murray(RHASS) , Reay Campbell, Peter Scudamore MBE

14.         Owner of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Gordon Grainger, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

15.         Writer of the Year

Allan J. Murray(RHASS) , Emma Cheape, Peter Scudamore MBE

16.         Equestrian Photo of the Year

Peter Scudamore MBE , Equi-Power Central Scotland RDA, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

17.         Lifetime Achievement

Peter Scudamore MBE , David Blair, Tom Best, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

18.         Board Special Recognition

Peter Scudamore MBE, Anne Logan on behalf of Scott Brash and Owners - Lady Harris and Lady Kirkham, Mark Turnbull on behalf of Turnbull familly, Allan J. Murray (RHASS)

19.         RDA Scotland Outstanding Contribution

Ed Bracher (RDA Chief Executive), Susie Elliot MBE

Awards Criteria and Evidence

Club of the Year

This award will be made to a club who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of equestrianism at a local, regional or national level.

Evidence

  • Has contributed to the development of their participants
  • Has created a safe, fun and nurturing environment for development
  • Has adopted a rider-centred approach to coaching

Equestrian Business of the Year

This award will be made to a Scottish based equestrian business that has made an outstanding contribution to the development of equestrianism at a local, regional or national level.

Evidence

  • Customer service delivery
  • Product knowledge
  • Awareness of retailer requirements
     

Equestrian Employee of the Year

This award will be made to an employee of an equestrian organisation who has made an outstanding contribution. This could be any employee ranging from administrative support to a groom.

Evidence

  • The employer should demonstrate the positive impact this employee has made on their organisation and outline the contributions they have made.

Equestrian Photo of the Year

This award will be made to the photographer (professional or other) of the best equestrian related photograph.  The horsescotland Board will create a shortlist and the public will vote for their favourite via social media channels.

A high resolution electronic photo must be submitted with this nomination form, with sections 1, 2 & 3 completed, there is no need to complete section 4 of the nomination form for this category.

Any photos submitted for this category can be used by horsescotland, whilst crediting the photographer, for promotional purposes.

Equestrian Writer of the Year

This award will be made to an Equestrian Writer who has made an outstanding contribution to the promotion of the Scottish equestrian sector.

Evidence

  • Raised profile of the Scottish Equestrian Sector in Scotland and further afield
  • Proven track record of continuous publication of their writing in publications or online, including Blogs.
  • A minimum of 2 examples of published writing must be submitted as evidence.

Equine Breeder of the Year

This award will be made to a breeder who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of equine breeding.

Evidence

  • Raised profile of the breed in Scotland and further afield
  • Proven track record of breeding quality equines in Scotland

Youth Coach of the Year

This award will be made to a coach who is Under 21 years old (at the time of applications closing), and has supported the development of athletes or teams, and has significantly increased the sporting opportunities available and participation levels within, their community.

Evidence

  • Has delivered regular quality coaching sessions to a group or to individual athletes
  • Created a safe and enjoyable environment for participation
  • Has demonstrated innovative practice in their coaching

Participation Coach of the Year

This award will be made to a coach who has supported the development of athletes or teams,  and has significantly increased the sporting opportunities available and participation levels within, their community.

Evidence

  • Has delivered regular quality coaching sessions to a group or to individual athletes
  • Created a safe and enjoyable environment for participation
  • Has demonstrated innovative practice in their coaching

Performance Coach of the Year

This award will be made to a coach working with athletes and teams at the highest level of sport.   The award looks for evidence of player-centred development leading to successful performance at the most senior level of International, UK or Scottish sport.

Evidence

  • Has adopted a player-centred approach to coaching
  • Has made a difference to the performance of an athlete or team based on resources available to them
  • Has coached athletes or teams who have delivered a successful performance at National or International Level

Performer of the Year

This award will be made to a performer who has achieved an outstanding result(s) at national and/ or international level.

Evidence

  • Has delivered successful performances at the highest level of Scottish, UK or international sport
  • Has promoted equestrianism in a favourable and positive manner, being an ambassador for Scotland

Youth Performer of the Year

This award will be made to a performer who is Under 21 years old (at the time of applications closing) has achieved an outstanding result(s) at national and/ or international level.

Evidence

  • Has delivered successful performances at the highest level of Scottish, UK or international sport

Has promoted equestrianism in a favourable and positive manner, being an ambassador for Scotland

Volunteer of the Year

This award will be made to a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of equestrianism at a local, regional or national level.

Evidence

  • Has significantly increased the opportunities available to their club, centre or event
  • Has helped create a safe and enjoyable environment for participation
  • Has given of their time more than is expected

Youth Volunteer of the Year

This award will be made to a Under 21 years old (at the time of applications closing) who has made an outstanding contribution to the development of equestrianism at a local, regional or national level.

Evidence

  • Has significantly increased the opportunities available to their club, centre or event
  • Has helped create a safe and enjoyable environment for participation

Has given of their time more than is expected

Young Peoples Coach of the Year

This award will be made to a coach who has made an outstanding contribution to the introduction and early development of sport for young people under the age of 18.

Evidence

  • Has delivered quality coaching in a safe environment
  • Has contributed to the development of the basic skills of a young athlete or a young team
  • Has created a safe, fun and nurturing environment for development
  • Has demonstrated innovative practice in their coaching.

Owner of the Year

This award will be made to an owner who has made an outstanding contribution to supporting our Scottish sporting sector

Evidence

  • Registered owner of a horse which is stabled, produced and  competed in Scotland
  • Demonstrated commitment to support the development of the sport

Team of the Year

This award will be made to a team who have work together to achieve outstanding result(s) wither it’s, a team of coaches, trainers or professionals or a team representing a club/ organisation at national and/ or international level.

Evidence

  • Has delivered successful achievements/ Performances at the highest level of Scottish, UK or international sport or industry
  • Has promoted equestrianism in a favourable and positive manner, being an ambassador for Scotland

Riding for the Disabled in Scotland Outstanding Contribution

This award is for an individual who has made a significant contribution to RDA at Group, County, Region or Scottish level over a significant period. The nominee may be a participant, volunteer, coach or supporter.

Evidence

  • Personal characteristics and attributes must be included in your submission which may include:

organisational skills, dedication, determination, outstanding fundraising, positive attitude, reliability, ability to overcome challenges, specific achievements, contribution to positive growth and development, positive impact on the lives of others

 

 

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