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The 2nd Arabian Horse Supporters Ball

The 2nd Arabian Horse Supporters Ball

The 2nd Arabian Horse Supporters Ball

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Following the extraordinary success of the 1st Arabian Horse Supporters Ball at the Mere Resort and Spa, Knutsford, UK, last year, a second event was held on Saturday 15 October. The brainchild of Jayne Armstrong – who is not only a breeder of Arabian horses but also very active in running shows including the British Arabian Championships and helping organise the British National Championships – this year’s event saw almost 300 people descend on the Mere to enjoy an amazing night, celebrating the end of a great year and honouring people and horses throughout the evening.

To win awards, people had to be nominated and then all ticket holders were able to vote for who they wanted to win. The evening’s host, the brilliant John Norcott, was on hand to provide entertainment throughout the night. This year’s theme was mint green, something that was embraced by many, as evidenced in the photographs!

The full results are as follows:


Jacky Sidebottom-Every with Silver Arabian Horse Young Handler Amelia Zebdee.

The Glossop Cartons Arabian Horse Young Handler

Established in 1982, Glossop Cartons is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of carton board packaging, leading the way in the digital carton market and producing quality packaging solutions. They said: “we are delighted to sponsor this award and supply the ball with personalised cartons tonight!” The awarded was presented by Jacky Sidebottom-Every.

Gold Champion – Sian Beeley

Silver Champion – Amelia Zebedee


The Hawkswood Arabians Arabian Horse Young Rider

Michelle Salmon has been breeding and showing Arabians for 20 years as Iisis Arabians. After a short break to have her family, she has been breeding Welsh Sections As. But the desire to get back in the saddle has proved too strong and no other breed than the Arabian would do. Michelle realises that the Arabian horse should have ridden potential. She believes the key to this is through talented young riders and we should support and encourage them in every way. Michelle was present to give the award.

Gold Champion – Amelia Zebedee

Silver Champion – Caitlyn Whyte


The Aziza Arabians Part-bred Arabian Horse or Pony

Aziza Arabians founded in 1993 is a mother/daughter partnership. Their breeding programme has a strong focus on breeding black but quality is most important. With five generations already under their belts the future looks bright and there may be the appearance of a part-bred further down the line as Francesca began her life with horses on part-bred show ponies. The quality of the nominees in this category showcases some of the best part-bred’s on the current show scene. Both Pat Hannay and her daughter, Francesca, were present to give the award.

Gold Champion – Moor than Handsome (Pickmere Sirocco x Carrie-Anne)

Silver Champion – Chapelfield Ladies Man (D’Artagnan x Pricklegate Minim) 

Pat Hannay (left) and Francesca Hannay (right) present Emily Cooper with the Gold Award for Part-bred Arabian Horse or Pony for Emily’s homebred Moor than Handsome.

The Clifton Hall Livery Stables Arabian Ambassador

I believe having a Brand Ambassador supporting and championing the Arabian breeds are so important to all of us. All of us involved at Clifton Hall Livery Stables are extremely proud and honoured to be sponsoring this award tonight. The awards were presented by Stephanie Zebedee.

This category had a lot of nominations and was very hotly contested, with only five votes splitting the first four places.

Gold Champion – Clare Fitch and Louise Maryon for the Ridden Arabian Star Series

Silver Champion – Marilyn Sweet of Sweet Photography


Madeleine Sutherland (right) presents Katie Gore with the Gold Arabian Breeder (less than 10 horses) Award.

The Arabian Magazine Arabian Breeder (less than 10 horses)

The Arabian Magazine is one of the world’s premier publications. Produced from the UK, this award winning publication has just evolved to include a dedicated breeders magazine. Owned by Samantha Mattocks, The Arabian Magazine captures the true heart of the Arabian horse. Samantha is pleased to sponsor this award, with Madeleine Sutherland to present on her behalf.

Gold Champion – Europa Arabians, Katie Gore

Silver Champion – Aziza Arabians, Pat and Francesca Hannay


The Asmar Arabians Pure-bred Arabian Horse

Amanda Holloway owns and runs Asmar Arabians and Training Centre in Somerset. Amanda is sponsoring this award to give the pure-bred Arabian horse recognition of its beauty and substance, and she will present the award herself.

With nine amazing horses nominated, this was a very tough category.

Gold Champion – Master Design GA (Versace x BEA Society Belle)

Silver Champion – Prince Psyche (Psyches First Edition R x Bint Sharera R) 

Amanda Holloway presents Rod and Kim Jones with the Gold Award for Pure-bred Arabian Horse for their stallion, Master Design.

The Simon Constable Equine Vets Arabian Show Rider

“We wanted to sponsor the Arabian show rider because of the importance of the ridden Arabian,” says Simon Constable, owner of this successful practice. “We are a large purely Equine veterinary practice in the North West with hospitalisation and operating facilities.” Simon is an advanced Practitioner in Orthopaedics although they cover all aspects of veterinary care. Simon presented the award.

Gold Champion – Ben Hester

Silver Champion – Darren Crowe  


The L S Show Training/Legacy Stud Arabian Breeder (more than 10 horses)

Based in Suffolk, this family run stud is in its third generation. The awards were presented by Stacey Haworth.

Gold Champion – DE Arabians, Lindsay Dean

Silver Champion – Armada Arabians, Marianne, Dave and Laura Smith 

Stacey Howarth (left) presents Lindsey Dean the Gold Award for Arabian Breeder (more than 10 horses), with host John Norcott centre.
Jaymie Knott presents the Arabian Horse Enterprise to Natalie and Marilyn Sweet of Sweet Photography.

The A E Knott Garage Arabian Horse Enterprise

A family business based in Denton, established in 1972, doing all mechanical repairs including horse box repairs, air conditioning service, MOT service and HGV booking. The awards were presented by Jaymie Knott.

Gold Champion – Sweet Photography

Silver Champion – Absolute Arabians


The Howell Arabians Arabian Show Handler

Howell Arabians are delighted to sponsor the 2016 Arabian Show Handler award. Owners Jayne and James Howell said: “In the UK, we are home to many talented show handlers. This fabulous award honours the show handlers whose dedication and sheer hard work should be applauded and acknowledged. Congratulations to the nominees. Sorry we cannot be there to present this award.” Marilyn Sweet presented the awards on their behalf

Gold Champion – Lindsay Dean

Silver Champion – Kimberley Jones 

Marilyn Sweet (left) presented Lindsey Dean with the Gold Arabian Show Handler Award.

The AV Arabians Most Charismatic Arabian Horse

Caroline Reid of AV Arabians knows a charismatic Arabian when she sees one. She has also bred some stunning horses, which is why she wanted to sponsor this award, presented on the night by Susan McArthur.

Gold Champion – Psy Dream (Psytadel x La Diva)

Silver Champion – Delilah by Design (Master Design GA x EA Amellia) 

Susan McArthur with the winners of the Most Charismatic Arabian Horse Award – Silver winner Katie Gore (left) and Gold winner Marianne Smith (centre) for Psy Dream.

The Natalie Hudson Groom or Assistant

Natalie has been a ring steward for a number of years and as such, she sees how important it is to have the right team behind you in the ring. She is delighted to sponsor this award for Best Groom/Assistant. This was a very hotly-contested award, with 12 nominations. Natalie was on hand herself to present the awards.

Gold Champion – Stacey Howarth

Silver Champion – Charlotte Eadsforth


Samantha Beeley receives the Silver Award for Pure-bred Arabian Horse from Amanda Holloway for Prince Psyche.

The Equi-Prestige Best Arabian Horse Show

Equi-prestige is there for all your Equestrian needs. Based in Denton, Manchester, they stock a large variety of Grooming and show products, feed and supplements. They also support many shows and are major sponsors of various events. Lauren Hill was there to present the Award

Gold Champion – The Arab Horse Society National Championship Show

Silver Champion – British Breeders Alliance


With the awards all presented and dinner enjoyed, it was time for dancing. John Norcott continued to entertain throughout the evening with his very popular style of being a compère and singer, all rolled into one.


Huge congratulations to Jayne Armstrong and her team for putting on such a great night. The 3rd Arabian Horse Supporters Ball has been provisionally booked for Saturday 14 October 2017 – watch this space!


For more information, visit www.arabianhorseevents.com



Marianne Smith from Armada Arabians receives the Silver Arabian Breeder (more than 10 horses) Award from Stacey Howarth. Stephanie Zebedee presents Marilyn Sweet with the Silver Award for Arabian Ambassador.
Francesca and Pat Hannay receive their Silver Award for the Arabian Breeder (less than 10 horses) from Madeleine Sutherland. Pat Hannay (left) and Francesca Hannay (right) present Emma Didlick with the Silver Award for Part-bred Arabian Horse or Pony for her gelding, Chapelfield Ladies Man.


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