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Super groom gets internationally recognised for her hard work

Last night, December 14th, saw BGA Member Jackie Potts being crowned FEI Best Groom 2014 at a lavish ceremony in Baku.

Jackie, who has spent 22 years working for William Fox-Pitt, beat tough competition to win the prestigious title which was presented her award by HRH Princess Haya.

After receiving the award Jackie said, “It is so exciting and an absolute privilege to receive this award. I feel like I am accepting this award on behalf of all other grooms, who are so hardworking and equally deserving.”

Jackie Potts is one of the most well respected grooms on the eventing circuit. She has groomed at four Olympic Games, four FEI World Equestrian Games™ and eight European Championships, on top of countless three-day events around the world. Jackie is the consummate professional, managing all aspects of Fox-Pitt’s yard and horses from training to veterinary care. Her extensive knowledge of horse management and training means her advice is often sought by other grooms as well as Team GBR.

William is always very quick to publically thank Jackie for her hard work and via video message at the awards said, “It is a hugely deserved and very prestigious award. Jackie has a profound empathy with horses, and horses love her. She is fantastic at motivating her team, and is generous in the sharing of her knowledge and expertise.

“There are few grooms in the world that rival her experience, and her dedication is proven by her 22 years as my yard manager. After all she has achieved in her profession, nothing gives me greater pleasure than to see her being rewarded tonight.”

Well done Jackie, we couldn’t be prouder of you and your fabulous achievement, which you thoroughly deserve.

The BGA is mighty proud as three of our members have now won the FEI Groom Award, Jackie joins Michelle Tipper and Jenny Ellis as a recipient of the trophy.




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