British winner as Debbie Burt bags best photographer prize
Racing got its annual taste of Hollywood glitz and glamour as the Darley Awards and the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Awards took place at the Dolby Theatre – the home of the Oscars – in Los Angeles on Friday night.
The lavish ceremony celebrated the achievements of Purebred Arabian racehorses and the impact of women in the sport, crowning 25 category winners, in addition to select key contributors who received special awards.
There was British success on the evening courtesy of Debbie Burt, who was crowned best photographer for the first time.
"It's an incredible honour to win this award – this is now my fourth nomination in this category, said Burt. "The Sheikh Mansoor Festival, and Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak series of races, has helped to promote Arabian racing in our country and around the world."
The prestigious Horse Of The Year title was won for the second year in succession by Paddys Day. The six-year-old also scooped the award for older horse of the year, while his handler Scott Powell bagged the trainer of the year prize.
Darley award winners
3yo colt: RB Nash
3yo filly: RB Kinkie
4yo colt/gelding: Easter Man
4yo filly: RB Madymoiselle
Older horse: Paddys Day
Older mare: Dream Pearl
Breeder: Betty and Joseph Gillis
Owner: Betty and Joseph Gillis
Trainer: Scott Powell
Jockey: Ricardo Chiappe
Horse of The Year: Paddys Day
HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak award winners
3yo filly: Amirat Esahra
4yo filly: Naziq
Older mare: Sylvain Al Maury
Best amateur jockey: Cindy Klinkenberg
Best apprentice jockey: Kei Chiong Ka-kei
Best professional jockey: Anna Pilroth
Best breeder: Dianne Waldron
Best owner: Deniz Kurtel
Best trainer: Jean-Francois Bernard
Best photographer: Debbie Burt
Best TV presenter: Josephine Chini
Best journalist: Stephanie Corum
Lifetime achievement award: Dorota Kaluba
Best endurance rider: Mercedes Tapia