Following her collecting of the SJA’s Sportswoman of the Year Award, Zara Phillips (pictured left, with boxing promoter Frank Warren at the SJA Awards) yesterday won the British Equestrian Writers’ Association Personality of the Year award for the second year running – only the second rider to do since it was started in 1973.
She is the first to win with a unanimous vote of BEWA members, and the first child of a previous winner – Mark Phillips, in 1974 – to do so.
Toytown, on which Phillips won the world eventing championship in Aachen in August, won the Petplan Equine Horse of the Year at the same BEWA celebration, held during the London International Horse Show, Olympia.
Other winners were:
Cynthia Muir Trophy (for rider under-18): Daniel Neilson, winner of the European pony show jumping championship.
Vivien Batchelor Trophy (rider under-25): Amy Young, winner of the European young riders’ eventing championship.
Liz Dudden Trophy (for outstanding contribution to equestrian sport): Lady Victoria Leatham, who retired this year after 24 years as president of Burghley international three-day event.