British Horse Society Horsemastership Trophy goes to French
Chateaulan, groom to top International showjumping rider Michel
Robert of France, won this year's British Horse Society Horsemastership
Trophy at the Royal International Horse Show, held at Hickstead
(23-27 July). The coveted award, highly prized among the showjumping
grooms at the show, is presented to the groom who, in the judges'
opinion, has done most to ensure the highest welfare and turnout
standards for their charges.
BHS Horsemastership Trophy has been part of the Royal International
Horse Show since it became the Society's flagship event over 50
years ago. Spot checks take place throughout the show taking into
account the general fitness and condition of the horses, turnout,
which includes grooming, saddlery and equipment, and the turnout
and general manner of the groom. Horses are seen in their stables
and when they are competing to give an overall view. Attention to
detail can win or lose the trophy and this year, with the typical
English summer weather conditions turning the showground into a
sea of mud, this aspect was more important than ever.
Gaywood, BHS development officer for London and the south east,
was joined by Donald Kear BHSI to judge the competition and commented,
"The competition is hard fought and standards are always high
but this year they were exceptional. Using a BHSI as a co-judge
ensures a valued and experienced opinion as they know what grooms
have to put up with. It's never easy having to draw up a short list
and we were delighted to have Ronnie Dawes, groom to Tim Stockdale
included. Ronnie has won the competition for the last two years
and was high on the list but Raphael was a hard one to beat, he
winning groom was presented with the magnificent BHS Horsemastership
Trophy, a sash, rosette and £200. Six runners-up received
rosettes and £100 each.