National Hunt Trainer of the Year
The lavish ceremony at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London will make a change for Britain and Ireland’s jump trainers, who usually spend December mornings on the chilly gallops. Training greats Fred Winter, Fulke Walwyn, Ginger McCain and Gordon Richards are among the first winners of the coveted prize.
In 1979, Peter Easterby became the first to successfully defend the prize, and the man best known for the success of Sea Pigeon would make it three at the start of the new decade. Martin Pipe took the honour for the first time in 1988, a prize he would win seven times.
Only fellow West Country trainer Paul Nicholls would match his tally with a latest success coming in 2019. In the past two years the prize – like many in jump racing – has gone to Ireland with Willie Mullins and Henry de Bromhead scooping the top prize.
HWPA members can vote on this category. Nominations will be announced later this year.
|2021||Henry de Bromhead|
|1992||Nigel Twiston Davies|
|1973||Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain|
From 2012 until 2016 there was a joint trainers category.
|2012||Sir Henry Cecil|