The 2022 Horse & Hound Lifetime Achievement award went to a real equestrian legend – and one of many best sportsmen on the planet.
In an excellent profession greater than three a long time lengthy, showjumper David Broome represented Nice Britain at 5 Olympic Video games and gained 5 world and 7 European championship medals. He additionally claimed six King George titles on six completely different horses, the Hickstead Derby and quite a few grands prix on a string of horses who grew to become family names alongside their rider – Sunsalve, Mr Softee, Countryman, Sportsman and Philco to call only a few.
The farmer’s son from Cardiff grew to become a nationwide hero; he was flag-bearer on the 1972 Olympics, the primary Brit to change into showjumping world champion and a three-time European champion.
He was solely 20 when he was voted sports activities persona of the 12 months in 1960, when Sunsalve was introduced into the TV studio, and in 2007 he obtained a “nationwide treasure” award from Alan Titchmarsh’s ITV present. For his excellent contribution to the game, David was appointed OBE in 1970, and CBE in 1995.
“This 12 months’s Horse & Hound Lifetime Achievement Award winner competed in a golden age for showjumping, and he acquired a lot of the silverware on supply throughout these unimaginable three a long time,” stated H&H editor-in-chief Sarah Jenkins.
“With a listing of achievements so long as your arm, and a public following any of right now’s riders would envy, may there be a extra applicable winner of this accolade? David has all the time been an exquisite supporter of Horse & Hound, in addition to to these arising by way of the ranks of showjumping. He’s a real legend of the game and we’re honoured to offer him this award.”
David retired from competitors within the early Nineteen Nineties however has remained concerned within the sport; serving as British Showjumping president, and his household runs the David Broome Occasion Centre, an outstanding competitors venue opened in 1968 at their Mount Ballan Manor property in Crick, Monmouthshire.
The very fact he stays one of many world’s finest identified and profitable showjumpers is testimony to his extraordinary expertise and heroic achievements within the saddle, in addition to the very fact he’s a completely pretty individual, all the time beneficiant together with his time and valued opinions. David Broome, a real legend.
Don’t miss subsequent week’s version of H&H journal (8 December) for the total report on all of the winners.
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