The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has decided to postpone the BEF Groom Award for 2009. Due to a number of circumstances, it is in the best interests of the award not to hold it in 2009 and bring it back in 2010 with a new and improved format.
The award, which was funded in its initial years by Frank Kuster and has been running for six years, was searching for a new sponsor to take the award forward. With several organisations interested in supporting the award, all felt that were they to take it on, they would like to take some time to develop the award and build it into something even more exciting in 2010 and beyond.
The Grooms award is designed to recognise the outstanding and vital contribution grooms make to the equestrian industry. The aim is now to take some time to review the award and make changes to it if necessary to ensure we come back in 2010 with something that recognises in the best possible way the contribution of grooms across all equestrian activity.
Best grooms compete for holiday
The best grooms in the UK equestrian industry once again battled it out for a luxury holiday during sixth year of the prestigious 2008 Kuster BEF Groom Award.
This British Equestrian Federation award, once again kindly sponsored by Frank Kuster, has gone from strength to strength over the last five years, attracting a wide range of grooms from all spheres of the equestrian industry including top-flight competition, riding schools and welfare yards.
The fantastic first prize for 2008 was £1,000 of holiday vouchers, plus the Smash Hit Bronze Trophy, which the winner gets to keep for a year, a second prize of £300 and third prize of £200.
In addition to their prize, the winner and guest enjoyed an evening of hospitality at the London International Horse Show at Olympia in December where the award was presented in the main arena during the performance.
The competition is open to all grooms whether from a local riding school or Olympic yard.
The winners for 2008 can be viewed here.