Behind every great rider there is, without a doubt, a terrific groom.
With the FEI Awards Gala on Tuesday Nov 22, it’s time for these often unsung heroes to shine, and in a few days time one of them will be awarded the FEI Award for Best Groom 2016.
We take a look at the top 4 grooms on the shortlist. Who's your favourite?
1. Mark Beever (GBR)
Mark has received multiple nominations from other grooms, riders and fans, thanks to his unswerving loyalty to Nick and his horses over the past 3 decades. He knows his 2 partners so well, he has unique skill and knowledge that can help keep them calm and focussed when the pressure is on.
The horses under his care always look outstanding, and Mark often puts their needs over and above his own. A real contender for this year’s title.