Award for owner of Skelton’s Olympic horse

At the presentation at Aachen for jumping Owner of the Year, from left, Gary Widdowson; Nick Skelton aboard Carlo 273; Beverley Widdowson; Dr. Hanfried Haring; Madeleine Winter-Schulze; and Mr. Anthony Schaub.
From left, Gary Widdowson, with Nick Skelton aboard Carlo 273, as Beverley Widdowson is presented with the Showjumping Owner of the Year award by FEI Group II chair Dr Hanfried Haring, Jumping Owners Club member Madeleine Winter-Schulze, and Anthony Schaub from Rolex.

Showjumping owner Beverley Widdowson is the recipient of this year’s prestigious “Owner of the Year” award from the FEI and International Jumping Owners Club.

Widdowson is the owner of the 11-year-old grey gelding Carlo 273, whom Britain’s Nick Skelton rode to a string of impressive performances in 2011 and 2012; notably, at the CSIO5* St. Gallen; at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida, USA; at the CSIO5* La Baule; and at the CSI5* GCT Hamburg.

The presentation of the award was made during the 2012 CHIO World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany.

Formed in 2005 and supported by Rolex, the Jumping Owners Club is an organisation of international owners which works towards growing the popularity of the sport around the world. It represents the views and opinions of the owners, and works closely alongside the FEI in building the profile and inclusiveness of jumping.

Previous winners are John, Pat and Lisa Hales (GBR) for Arko III (who Nick Skelton also rode) in 2004 and 2005; Serena Hamberg (AUT) for The Sixth Sense in 2006; Nancy Clark (USA) for Shutterfly in 2007; and Eric Lamaze (CAN) and John Fleischhacker (USA) for Hickstead in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

“It is a great honour to be presented with this award, which I accept on behalf of everyone who has been part of the team during 2011, most notably Nick Skelton,”  Widdowson said.

“To follow in the footsteps of Eric Lamaze and the great Hickstead, amongst other owners and horses over the years, is a truly wonderful achievement.”

Widdowson’s Big Star has been named with Skelton to the British Olympic showjumping team, and she also owns Unique.

The FEI Owner of the Year Award was created in 2004 to recognise the most successful owner of each year. To determine the winner, a classification is established for all horse and rider combinations based on points obtained for the Rolex Rankings during the calendar year. The owner of the horse of the winning combination receives the award; a bronze sculpture produced by Caroline Wallace and a silver picture frame presented by Rolex.

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