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Special Covid-19 Sir Colin Spedding highly commended award goes British Breeding team!

The National Equine Forum recognised the team at British Breeding as highly commended for the Special Covid-19 Sir Colin Spedding Award 2021.

The team at British Breeding, Eva Maria BroomerRachael Holdsworth and Jane Skepper, have been highly commended for their work during the Covid-19 pandemic to support British bred horses, including the virtual Futurity auction and webinars.

Rachael Holdsworth said “We were surprised and delighted to receive a letter from The National Equine Forum advising us that we are the recipients of a very special award, in recognition of our work during the pandemic to support British bred horses, in particular for the Virtual Futurity, Auction and Webinars. Eva, Jane and I are extremely proud to receive a Special Covid-19 Sir Colin Spedding Awards Highly Commented Award.”


NEF introduces Special Sir Colin Spedding Covid-19 Award

Given the exceptional circumstances of 2020 and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic the National Equine Forum Organising Committee has changed the emphasis of the Sir Colin Spedding Award 2021 to celebrate those who have gone ‘above and beyond’ during a very difficult year. The deadline for nominations has been extended to 16 October 2020.

“We have already received many nominations for individuals and organisations, as yet without accolade, who have made exceptional efforts beyond their usual job or remit, during this troublesome year,” said NEF Chair Tim Brigstocke. “The pandemic continues to present challenges for the equestrian sector on an unprecedented scale and we believe we should acknowledge the trials, tribulations and extraordinary efforts undertaken to overcome the challenges we have all been living through over the past seven months.”

The 2021 Award will be renamed the Sir Colin Spedding Covid-19 Award. Any individual or organisation, from any equestrian field, is eligible, specifically for their exceptional efforts during the pandemic, as long as their outstanding qualities have not been formally acknowledged elsewhere. Non pandemic related nominations that have already been received will be carried over to 2022.

The Sir Colin Spedding Award was introduced in 2013 and has become one of the most respected annual awards within UK equestrianism. Sir Colin Spedding was the founding chairman of the NEF and chaired the event for 20 years until his death in 2012. He ensured that representatives of all areas of the equine sphere were made welcome to the Forum, and that topics of general interest and concern could be discussed openly and amicably.

Previous winners of the Sir Colin Spedding Award include tireless Suffolk Punch champion Nigel Oakley (2020 joint winner); welfare-driven equestrian journalist Eleanor Jones (2020 joint winner); equine sector stalwart Gordon Wesley (2019); exceptional farrier Dr Simon Curtis (2018); fire and rescue pioneer Jim Green (2017).


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