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Winners emerge from nearly 17,000 nominations from the horsey public. 

Awards founder Katy Wright (left) with Saddle Fitter of the Year Poppy Webber

North Lincolnshire based retailer Equisign Tack and Feed and saddle fitter Poppy Webber of Peewee Saddlery are among the winners of the 2022 Equestrian Business Awards. 

More than 270 guests gathered for a black-tie dinner on 29 October for the event’s second annual celebration of the best equestrian services. 

Guests enjoy dinner before the awards are presented

The Equestrian Business Awards is organised by Katy Wright. A school-teacher who loves horses, Katy wanted to create an awards scheme for the equestrian industry ever since she once worked in a tackshop. 

This year, 16,734 nominations were received from the public for businesses from across the equestrian world.  

The winners received their prizes at an awards ceremony held at The Village Hotel in Nottingham. Presentations were interspersed by dinner and followed by dancing until the small hours.  

2022 Equestrian Business Awards – the winners are…

Retailer of the Year sponsored by Equilibrium Products – Equisign Tack and Feed - North Lincolnshire

Celebrating at the Equestrian Business Awards are Michaela Pollitt from Retailer of the Year Equisign Tack and Feed (left) with Rachael Robinson from R Robinson Art, Equine Service of the Year

Social Influencer of the Year sponsored by Creative Equine - Dr Diane Fisher - All the King's Horses 

Riding School of the Year sponsored by Online Horse Showing - East Boldon Riding Centre - South Tyneside

Livery Yard of the Year sponsored by A-Plan - Whitegate Farm Livery and Training Centre – North Wales

Equine Therapist of the Year sponsored by Folly Farm EC - Lucy Bell Veterinary Physiotherapy

Groom of the Year sponsored by Goodbye Flys - Jillian Scott- The Clipper Queen - Scotland

Diversity in Business - Confident Equine

Equestrian Tech of the Year sponsored by Equestrian Brands - EC. Pro 

Equine Dentist of the Year sponsored by Sharon Cooper BAEDT - Bee May Equine Dental Services - covers southern England 

Farrier of the Year - Andy Payne - Swindon

Charity of the Year - Redwings

Behavioural Trainer of the Year - Bev Walton - Responsive Equine - Halifax

Horse Transporter of the Year - AS Equestrian Services - Lincolnshire

Saddle Fitter of the Year - Poppy Webber - Peewee Saddlery - South Lincolnshire

Event Venue of the Year - Richmond Equestrian Centre - North Yorkshire

Instructor of the Year - Gemma Collison Freelance – Suffolk

Equine Service of the Year - R. Robinson Art – Essex

A Lifetime Achievement Award was announced by TV presenter Clare Balding via video link. The winner was 90-year-old Tess Hardy MBE of Pakefield Riding School, Lowestoft. 

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