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Sunday, September 07, 2008  •  12:15 GMT

SPECIAL AWARDS

Three special presentations took place in the main arena this morning at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

FEI judge Jean Mitchell MBE, a member of the ground jury here this year was presented with a watercolour of Burghley House to mark her retirement from the FEI judging panel. Jean, who officiated at the 2000 Olympics, and was President of the Ground Jury for the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, is the Director of Necarne and Tattersalls three-star event – judged ‘Best event in Ireland’ two years running. In 2003 she received an MBE for services to equestrian sport in the New Year Honours list.

The Lord Carew who is also retiring from the FEI judges panel started his eventing career in 1959 at Harewood and was third at the first ever Burghley in 1961. He rode at Olympic level and was as a judge President of the Ground Jury at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics. He was presented with an enscribed silver photograph frame.

Journalist Alan Smith received a silver wine coaster in recognition of his 48years as equestrian correspondent for The Daily Telegraph. During this time Alan has covered eight Olympic Games and is currently Chairman of the British Equestrian Writers Association. He also was one of the founders of the show jumping World Cup.