Ben Maher & Explosion W both acknowledged at the Horse & Hound Awards in partnership with NAF
Thursday 02 December 2021
Ben Maher and Explosion W both picked up awards at last night’s Horse & Hound Awards 2021 in partnership with NAF.
After the 2020 virtual awards, the sponsors and guests were all excited to return to a glittering in-person celebration, held last night (Wednesday, 1 December) at Cheltenham racecourse. More than 250 people attended, with celebrities from across the equestrian world present.
Explosion W picked up the Bloomfields Horse of the Year Award whilst Ben won the NAF Five Star Magic Moment of the Year award for his and Explosion W’s exceptional performance at Tokyo 2020 which saw them win Individual Gold.
Other winners included World Class Performance Director, Dickie Waygood, for his outstanding contribution and Olympic Eventing medallist Tom McEwen.
The full list of winners were:
- Bloomfields Horse of the Year: Explosion W
- Stallion AI Services Pony of the Year: Redwings Phoenix
- Uvex Helmets Professional Rider of the Year: Tom McEwen
- Pikeur Amateur Rider of the Year: Lauren Innes
- NAF Five Star Magic Moment of the Year: Ben Maher winning Olympic gold
- Tommy Hilfiger Equestrian Young Rider of the Year: Ruby Hughes
- NAF Five Star PROFEET Farrier of the Year: Chris Bailey
- Horse Dialog Equestrian Club of the Year: Stoneleigh
- Absorbine Groom of the Year: Tilly Hughes
- Dengie Volunteer of the Year: Adrian Bigg
- Baileys Horse Feeds Vet of the Year: Elizabeth Frew
- Outstanding Contribution: Dickie Waygood
- Horse & Hound Lifetime Achievement: Allister Hood
- British Equestrian performance director Dickie Waygood accepts the NAF Five Star Magic Moment of the Year award on behalf of Ben Maher. Picture credit: Peter Nixon/Horse & Hound