Hosted by TV racing pundit and presenter Clare Balding OBE, at The Hotel Russell, London, the awards ceremony provided a night of glitz for the three hard working equine vets who had been shortlisted for the award.
The winner was a tightly kept secret until the night, and Jane said that she was surprised but delighted to have won. “It was very pleasant to be recognised but I feel humbled to be singled out when so many other people do so much to help the RDA.
“I was very kindly nominated by Deborah Hall and the team at Chigwell Riding Trust, however prior to being shortlisted, I knew I had been nominated for something, but I didn’t know what! They do a brilliant job at Chigwell and I feel privileged to be part of it. Chigwell Riding Trust was the first riding centre for people with special needs in the world and this year celebrated its 50th anniversary,” she adds.
Nominations were invited from individuals or groups based on their vet’s contribution to their group or area over the past year. The two runners up, who also attended the gala dinner, were Mr Goncalo Fonseca Esteves from The Royal Veterinary College and Hamish McLean from Donald S McGregor & Partners, a member of XLEquine.
Louise Radford MRCVS of award sponsor Merial is keen to point out the invaluable support that many vets provide to the hard working volunteers and members of the RDA: “Many vets have gone above and beyond the call of duty, making a significant difference to the RDA horses, riders and volunteers.
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