(Edited press release)
Glen Andred Stud’s Robert Percival, who has been breeding Thoroughbreds in England for more than 50 years, was presented with the Andrew Devonshire Bronze at the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s Annual Awards Lunch at the Hyatt Regency Churchill Hotel in London Jan. 6.
That award was one of two special honors revealed at the event, with veteran bloodstock writer Alan Yuill Walker receiving the Dominion Bronze.
Among the best horses bred by Percival was Millkom, a dual group I winner in France who went on to capture the 1995 Man O’War Stakes (gr. IT) at Belmont Park.
In conjunction with Gibson, Percival has also stood several successful stallions, including Petong and Mummy’s Pet, and he now has shares in stallions with Richard Kent at Mickley Stud in Shropshire.
Walker, 70, a longtime member Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, received the Dominion Bronze for making major contributions behind the scenes of the breeding world.
Walker has contributed to Horse and Hound since the mid 1960s, and his work has appeared in other such publications as British Racehorse, Stud And Stable, the Bloodstock Breeders’ Review, Pacemaker, The Sunday Times, Weatherbys’ Bulletin, and the Thoroughbred Owner & Breeder. He also compiles private stud books and stud cards for breeders.
Other honors at the lunch went to:
--The late Ann Jenkins, special merit
--James Clark, small breeder
--Juddmonte Farms, flat breeder by earnings
--Pivotal, stallion by flat earnings and individual earnings
--Lucky Story, first crop sire
--Arrive, flat broodmare
--Lawn Stud, flat breeder
--Overbury, active NH stallion by earnings
--Alflora, active British stallion by individual chase wins
--Carole's Crusader, NH broodmare
--Robert Chugg, contribution to national hunt racing and breeding