Thirteen-year-old schoolgirl Amber Skelton, niece and groom of Louise Harwood who rides Mr Potts, won the Horse Care prize, presented at this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The prize is awarded to the groom of the best cared for horse throughout the week judged by Nicky Green, wife of veterinary delegate David Green.
Amber, from Bewdley in Worcestershire, helps Louise on the yard at weekends and during school holidays.
“I’ve grazed him in-hand for two hours every day and spent a lot of time cleaning,” said Amber, who wants to become an equine vet as well as having an ambition to “compete and ride here one day”.
The runner-up prize was awarded to Andrew Rogers for the care of Bronze Flight, ride of Ireland’s Alan Nolan.
After leaving college with a diploma in horse management five months ago, Andrew began working for Carole Warren, the owner of Bronze Flight. This was Andrew’s first time at Burghley.
“Andrew is fairly new to the job but has completely lived up to expectations and is definitely not for sale,” said Carole Warren. “He has a genuine love for the horses and pays great attention to detail. Bronze Flight even had quarter marks every time he was led out of the stable.”
“I couldn’t wish for a better horse to look after,” said Andrew. “He is as good as gold.”