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Finalists Announced for 2006 Kuster BEF Groom Award
8 December 2006

The British Equestrian Federation is delighted to announce the finalists for the 2006 Kuster BEF Groom award. All the nominations received were of a very high standard and it was impossible to select the usual 7 and so 9 have been chosen in total this year. The finalists are:

Finalist Employer
Lucy Cartwright Carl Hester
Claire Hinton Severn Vale E.C
Catherine Owen Zara Phillips
Alana Gamble Hannah Paul
Jackie Potts William Fox-Pitt
Sharon Edwards Zetland Hunt
Lynne Parkinson ILPH
Melanie Foley Susan Gamble Riding School
Tracey Ross Sandy Phillips

The final judging day is being held at Warwick Racecourse on the 20th December. Judges Mike Tucker and Sarah Pidgley will have a difficult job choosing between the above, all of whom have shown they have the ?x-factor? in very different ways.

Lucy Katan, BEF Volunteer Grooms Representative who runs the award said, ?I don?t envy the judges job this year, all the finalists deserve to win it. The high standard of all the nominations reiterates how valued grooms are in the equestrian industry. This award is a great way to recognise and reward their hard work.?