Long-standing National Hunt owner-breeder Ian Bare receives the National Hunt Achievement Award in recognition of a lifetime's contribution to National Hunt breeding and changes to the race program brought about by his work at the TBA.The prizes will be presented at the TBA Awards' Dinner in London on Tuesday, January 7, 2003, when the winners of two Special Awards for contributions to the British breeding industry will be announced.
The stallion Selkirk and Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms are among the British Thoroughbred Breeders' Association award winners for 2002.Owned by the Selkirk Syndicate and standing at Lanwades Stud in Newmarket, England, Selkirk enjoyed a vintage season in 2002 which enabled him to just pip Machiavellian in the leading British-based flat stallion (by prize money) category.Prince Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms is the leading British-based flat breeder for 2002, having produced the likes of Darley Cup (Eng-I) winner Continent and Oasis Dream (Middle Park Stakes, Eng-I) and Brian Boru (Racing Post Trophy, Eng-I).Kangra Valley is the leading broodmare of the year, with no less than four individual winners in 2002, including the Cheveley Park Stakes (Eng-I) winner Airwave.One of the most popular wins in the 2002 British flat season was Bollin Eric's victory in the final classic of the year, the Rothmans Royals St. Leger at Doncaster in September. His breeders, Sir Neil and Lady Westbrook, were rewarded for this and their 40 years of commitment to the Thoroughbred industry with the TBA Flat Breeder Award.Anne Wright's Neil and Lady Westbrook takes the Langham Cup for the best small flat breeder, having bred the group I Victor Chandler Nunthorpe Stakes hero Kyllachy.Stallions to scoop prestigious awards include the deceased duo of Polar Falcon (Cheveley Park Stud) for most individual flat winners and Air Express (the National Stud), who takes the award for leading first-season British-based flat sire, largely thanks to the exploits of Airwave and Presto Vento.Gunner B, believed to be the oldest active thoroughbred stallion in Europe and who officially turns 31 on January 1, has landed awards for both National Hunt prize money won and the most individual chase winners. This is the fourth year in succession that Gunner B has gained TBA awards. Coole Pilate gains the leading National Hunt broodmare award, having produced the grade I winner It's Himself and grade II scorer Lyreen Wonder during the 2001/02 season.