Of The Year Award
Zanie Tanswell was crowned Horse & Hound Groom of The Year 2003
on Saturday 10 January at the British Horse Foundation Awards run
by the Supporters of British Breeding, held at the Grange City Hotel.
competition's sponsor, Frank Kuster of Grange hotels, presented
her with a trophy and five star holiday voucher.
who has been Pippa Funnell's groom for the past four years until
recently starting a yard with her eventing partner Chris King, won
the competition due to her exemplary dedication to the horses in
her care, her knowledge of horse and yard management and commitment
to grooming. Her standards of horse care are exceptional and undoubtedly
she played a major part in the record-breaking successes achieved
in 2003 by her former employer - Pippa Funnell.
Tucker read a message from Zanie's former employer Pippa Funnell,
who said: "Zanie could not, in my opinion, be a better recipient
for this award. Over the years she has been with me she has shown
nothing but complete dedication to her job. I don't like the word
groom because Zanie is more than that. She is well known on the
eventing circuit for being highly organised. Anyone that needs anything,
whether it is a safety pin, toothpick, or shoelace, will go to Zanie,
because she will have it.
"She is exceptional in all aspects of horse management, but
why she has been so special and a key figure in my backup team is
because of the love she always shows towards the horses, and her
wonderfully warm, friendly manner. I speak for myself and on behalf
of my owners and horses that she will be greatly missed, but will
be a huge asset in Chris King's new yard. And above all she deserves
this wonderful holiday."