Nominations are now open for the Horse & Hound Awards 2022 in partnership with NAF.
Last year’s successful Awards achieved record participation from the equestrian community, with nearly 103,000 votes cast. The Awards return this year, with a glittering ceremony planned for 30 November at Cheltenham Racecourse. Some 300 people, including Olympic and Paralympic medallists and other legends of our sports, will enjoy a glamorous evening of champagne, winner reveals and dancing.
As previously, the H&H Award winners will be nominated and voted for by our readers. The Awards seek to recognise both the big names who have made 2022 special and the unsung heroes who make it possible for all of us to enjoy equestrian sport and our horses.
Previous winners since the Awards launched in 2016 include six-time Badminton winner Lucinda Green, Olympic showjumping champion Nick Skelton, Olympic triple gold medallist Charlotte Dujardin, World Championship double gold medallist Lottie Fry, Badminton winner Piggy March and disability campaigner and amateur showjumper Evie Toombes.
H&H editor-in-chief Sarah Jenkins says: “We cannot wait to welcome once again our shortlisted stars, supporters and guests to Cheltenham Racecourse to honour their achievements in 2022. We are very grateful to our longstanding headline partners NAF, and to all our individual Awards sponsors, without whose support these Awards wouldn’t happen.
“It has been fantastic to see support for these Awards grow year after year, and quite how much readers want to both nominate and vote for their heroes in such large numbers.”
Isla Boxall-Loomes, UK Marketing Manager at NAF, adds: “2022 has already given us a number of incredible accomplishments and performances to celebrate at both amateur and professional level. With that in mind, we are already looking forward to a fantastic evening in which the nominees and winners’ achievements will be recognised and shared.
“We very much look forward to the Horse & Hound Awards every year and have been delighted to see how they have grown. We’re excited to see who the shortlisted candidates will be alongside, of course, the eventual winners.”
Horse & Hound invites nominations in 13 Award categories before the deadline of 5pm on 22 September. Nominations can be made at horseandhound.co.uk/awards
The shortlisted candidates will be announced in Horse & Hound’s 20 October issue, with fans able to vote online from then until 27 October.
The Horse & Hound Awards 2022 categories are:
- Bloomfields Horse of the Year
- Equo Pony of the Year
- Pikeur Professional Rider of the Year
- PIVO Amateur Rider of the Year
- Equipe Moment of the Year
- Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian Young Rider of the Year
- NAF Five Star PROFEET Farrier of the Year
- Absorbine Groom of the Year
- The Horse & Hound Podcast Volunteer of the Year
- Baileys Horse Feeds Vet of the Year
- HorseDialog Inspiration of the Year
- Agria Horse of a Lifetime
- Horse & Hound Lifetime Achievement (no voting)