Equestrianism: Dixon takes top award

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(First Edition) KAREN DIXON and her three-day event partner, Get Smart, were honoured during the Animal Health Trust's annual presentation and luncheon in London yesterday. Dixon, who won team gold and individual bronze medals at the World Equestrian Games this year, received her award as Horse and Hound Equestrian Personality of the Year from the Princess Royal. Get Smart topped the poll for the Duphar Top Horse award.

Both successes came as a complete surprise to Dixon, who had been in London to appeal against the live transportation of horses destined for slaughter abroad.

ANIMAL HEALTH TRUST EQUESTRIAN AWARDS: Horse and Hound Equestrian Personality of the Year: K Dixon. Duphar Top Horse Award: Get Smart. Duvaxyn Sporting Award: W Carson. AHT Voluntary Service Award: Brooke Hospital for Animals. AHT Special Award: HRH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Outstanding Scientific Achievement: Professor Leo Jeffcott.

Anna Batty, a 21-year-old rider from Wyton, near Hull, sustained fatal head injuries when competing in the Bishop Burton Horse Trials in North Humberside on Sunday. Her novice horse, King George, fell on her after hitting the fourth fence.