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Benoit Lecomte named Team Groom of the Year

Benoit Lecomte, groom to William Whitaker, has been named Team Groom of the Year at the annual British Showjumping Awards Ball which took place at the St Johns Hotel, Solihull.

The evening was attended by almost 400 guests who celebrated with the extremely worthy nominees and winners from grass roots competitors through to those that have achieved podium success this year.

There wasn't much time to celebrate as following winning the award Benoit set off the next morning to travel with the horses heading for Barcelona for the Nations Cup Final.

The three finalists in the grooms category were BGA member Zoe Herbert (Will Funnel), Lesley Veall (Amanda Derbyshire's groom) and Benoit.

 he full list of winners were:

Leading Pony Rider of the Year
Claudia Moore from Brentwood, Essex

Leading Children on Horses Rider of the Year
Megan Li from Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire

Leading Junior Rider of the Year
Oliver Fletcher from Faringdon, Oxfordshire

Leading Young Rider of the Year
Harry Charles from Alton, Hampshire

Team Groom of the Year
Benoit Lecomte (Groom to William Whitaker)

British Showjumping Coach of the Year
Tony Newbery from Southampton, Hampshire

British Breeders Award
Barbara Scott from Eccleshall, Staffordshire for Hearts Destiny

International Stairway Champion
Helen Tredwell from Finmere, Buckinghamshire on Larksong owned by Alan Tredwell

National Champion
Joe Clayton from Huddersfield, Yorkshire on Carolus K owned by Jane Heerbeck

CSIO5* Horse Debutant
Hearts Destiny owned by TJ Hall Limited, Graham Smith and Holly Smith

International Horse & Rider Combination Awards - Senior Team Award
Ben Maher from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire & Explosion W owned by Poden Farms

International Horse & Rider Combination Awards - 5* Performance Award
Amanda Derbyshire from Leyland, Lancashire & Luibanta BH owned by Gochman Sport Horse LLC

British Showjumping Award
Simon Brooks-Ward

British Showjumping would like to take this opportunity to thank Awards Ball sponsor NEXT Plc, supporters, nominees and guests who made the evening possible and also the team who worked on the event to make it such a memorable one.

Congratulations to all the award winners and runners up.








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