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BTA Dinner 2013
Members descended on the stately Walton Hall Hotel and Spa in Warwickshire on Saturday, November 23 for the end of season dinner and prize giving.
Everyone enjoyed the chance to dress up and get out of jodhpurs for the evening. The wine flowed, the food was delicious and we partied into the early hours before grabbing a few hours' sleep ahead of a hearty Full English and attending the AGM on the Sunday.
Raffles throughout the season funded a stunning new sculptured trophy in memory of Major Ron Hill, presented to the overall Master at Arms for international competitions held in the UK. The winner will hold on to the trophy until the next international held on home soil.
Thank you to Ginger Dragon for sponsoring the league once more and well done to all the prize winners who took home some pretty impressive (and heavy) trophies to look after for the year.
Master at Arms
Cheif Judge Peter Craven presents PC Paul Brown with the BTA Master at Arms award for his successes throughout the 2013 season with his ultimate pegging horse Baron Bruni.
The Biggins Cup for Best Horse
Rachel Imber presents the inaugrual Biggins Cup for Best Horse in memory of her beloved pegging horse who was sadly lost earlier this year. Jem Pearce's 26 year old evergreen 13.2hh pony Joey (who thinks he's 16 hands and at least a decade younger) was the first recipient of the cup in his debut season of pegging.
Jacky Chandler awards the Best Junior prize to Bradley Clifford Fransman who holds his own in competitions alongside senior riders on his lightening-fast Appaloosa China White. Bradley also managed to get a sound out of the bugle!
Judge and Membership Secretary Tony King hands the Best Novice award to Jem Pearce who enjoyed a great first season of pegging. Taking up the sport after retiring from 20 years of mounted games, Jem's successes included making the individual and team final at Royal Windsor and winning individual and team medals as part of the Great Britain B Team at the European International.
The Ginger Dragon League Winner
Tina Ricketts-Smith presented prizes to the Top Ten Ginger Dragon League riders based on points accrued through results of BTA-organised competitions during the season. PC Paul Brown triumphed as league winner with his beautiful horse Baron Bruni.
The Major Ron Hill Trophy
Michael Smith was the first winner of the new Major Ron Hill trophy, awarded to any British Master at Arms for at international competitions held in the UK. Michael will keep this award until there is another British Master at Arms at an international event held in this country. The trophy is awarded in memory of Mjr Ron Hill, a horseman, keen pegger and supporter of the BTA, who sadly passed away in 2013.