The Raymond Brooks Memorial Award is an award that is presented to the English rider aged 25 or younger who shows the most potential for the future in jumping, dressage or eventing.
In 2021, this prestigious award was presented to 25-year-old Charlotte Fry during the London Horse Show. Some highlights of her career are winning European gold in the U25, the world championship with Glamourdale in 2018, participation in the Olympic Games and team bronze in Tokyo 2021, participation in the European Championship Hagen 2021 and team silver, individual 5th European Championship Hagen 2021 and the world championship with Kjento in 2021 .
Born in 1930, Raymond Brooks-Ward began covering various equestrian events in England in 1956. In addition, he has started organizing competitions, including the well-known Christmas competition in London Olympia.
In addition to his work as a television commentator and competition organizer, Raymond Brooks-Ward was very active in securing major sponsors for the equestrian sport. In his spare time he was a popular ‘Master of Foxhounds’ in Hertfordshire.
In 1992 he died of a special form of Hepatites. In order to continue to commemorate his commitment to British equestrian sport, an Award was presented in the same year to the best British rider who has shown great potential for the future. Since 1992 among others, Pippa Funnel, Zara Philips, Laura Bechtolsheimer, Jessica Mendoza, Charlotte Dujardin, Ben Maher and Scott Brash have won this award.