Wednesday, February 20, 2008
There were a number of the Laureates (people who are in the Hall of Fame) present including Pippa Funnell and David Broome.
David Broome (photo below) was one of my childhood heroes - a showjumper. There were a few other famous people there, except muggins here didn't know who they were. If you happen to know some of these people, do let me know! I put it down to my sheltered life I led downunder.
There were two horses there as well, also members of the Hall of Fame - Shear H2O and Colton Maelstrom. Colton Maelstrom, or "Apey", is possibly the most prolific winner of pony show jumping classes in the world, racking up more that 250 career victories and earning more than £50,000 in annual winnings. She has also won the Junior Show Jumper of the Year three times, had six career wins at the Hickstead Derby and was five times Pony of the Year Grand Prix winner. In 2004, at the age of 17, she was the leading pony in Britain and won her personal highest annual winnings. Apey did not compete in 2006 owing to attempts to get her first foal. Sired by Indien de Here, the foal is currently being carried by a surrogate mare and is expected in May 2007. She was certainly a bright spark!
Shear H2O was one of the rides of 2004 Olympic Gold medallist Leslie Law (he rode Shear L'Eau at the Athens Olympics). Shear H2O has achieved huge success in his career. He helped Leslie to Team Silver at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and Team Gold at the 2001 European Championships. When he retired in September this year, he had amassed a total of 1,871 British Eventing points making him the second most successful Event horse ever (after King William).
Anyway, it was a fairly subdued affair. A few members of the press were there to record the occasion as well as a gathering of interested spectators. I guess kiwis like Mark Todd, Blyth Tait and Andrew Nicholson don't make it to the British Horse Society Hall of Fame....
Anyway, more photos of the occasion on http://picasaweb.google.com/jane.thompsonuk/PrincessAnneBHSHallOfFame