Cook tops the prizes at BEWA awards

From Andrew Baldock, BEWA
European eventing champion Tina Cook has won the British Equestrian Writers’ Association personality of the year award, it was announced today at the BEWA’s annual awards lunch, staged at Saddlers’ Hall in London.

Cook, from Sussex, the daughter of former champion National Hunt jockey Josh Gifford, won Olympic individual and team bronze medals in Hong Kong last year.

In September, riding Miners Frolic, Cook landed her first European individual title in Fontainebleau two months ago, where she also won the team gold medal alongside William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend and Nicola Wilson. It was the eighth consecutive European team title for the British team.

Wiltshire event rider Laura Collett took the BEWA’s outstanding under-25 rider award after winning individual and team gold at the European Young Riders’ Championship in Belgium.

And Welsh showjumper Carian Scudamore, the European junior champion, scooped the BEWA’s under-18 award.

Dressage star Laura Bechtolsheimer’s Mistral Hojris was named as the BEWA’s horse of the year following medal success at the senior European Championships in Windsor.

Pony Club chief executive Judy Edwards, meanwhile, won the Liz Dudden Trophy for contributions to equestrian sport.

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