Introducing The Howden Way Spotlight Award

British Eventing is delighted to be launching an exciting new award to recognise outstanding achievement across The Howden Way Regional Academies, supported by uvex.

The Howden Way Spotlight Award will be presented monthly to a rider who has stood out as embodying the culture and values of The Howden Way – championing welfare, driving for inclusivity, creating camaraderie and supporting others, celebrating development of skills and knowledge over outcomes and developing true ambassadors for our sport.

The winner will be selected each month by Olympic Gold medallist, Laura Collett. Laura will make her choice from a shortlist of contenders, who have been nominated by The Howden Way coaches as being deserving of this special recognition.

“I am really looking forward to helping launch this award,” said Laura. “I love the fact that it will shine a light on some of those moments that may otherwise be overlooked, especially where riders have put themselves out for the welfare of their horse or fellow riders.

“Training hard and raising your performance is one thing but going the extra mile to make improvements for yourself and those around you is especially worthy. I can’t wait to find out more about our nominees.”

The British Eventing coaches delivering The Howden Way Regional Academies, that offers training to members of all ages and abilities, are invited to nominate members on a monthly basis that are attending their academies.

“This award is an opportunity to recognise some of the fantastic achievements that we are seeing within The Howden Way training, not just in terms of improved performance but in the development of individuals,” said Justine Parker, BE Head of Training and Development.

“The culture and values underpin the entire delivery of The Howden Way Regional Academies. The Howden Way is so much more than just improving riding, it’s about the whole person. Developing skills and knowledge, while also building camaraderie and mutual support amongst participants. This award will recognise and celebrate riders who live out those values through their engagement and activity beyond the training.”

The Spotlight Award, supported by uvex and will see each winner receive a fabulous uvex exxential helmet, as well as a rosette that recognises their achievement.

Simon Middleton, Managing Director of Zebra Products said, “We are delighted to be working with British Eventing as an official partner for the 2023 season and are looking forward to supporting them with The Howden Way Spotlight Award with one of our well-known brands uvex.

“uvex protect people from head to toe and have done so for more than 90 years. Setting the highest standard in helmets and riding gloves, uvex provides cutting edge products that are designed to last and we are proud to be supporting the monthly winners with uvex products.”

About the prize

The stylish uvex exxential II riding helmet is made to perform. Minimalistic but cleverly designed with riders in mind, the in-mould technology combines the highest protection whilst helping the helmet to remain super lightweight weighing from just 420g.

Get a perfect fit fast, with the FAS strap system and 3D IAS size adjustment system that makes it easy to alter the height and width to fit the individual head size. The chin strap sits perfectly and is quick to fasten thanks to the monomatic comfort closure. With one hand you can fasten and adjust with just the press of a button.

The all-round model can be worn in any weather, throughout the year with excellent ventilation. It can also be worn with glasses at no compromise. It conforms to the EN 1384:2012 and VG1 01.040 2014-12 safety standards and is available in Black mat, mocca, blue mat, anthracite mat and ruby mat.

The helmet comes in sizes XXS-S, S-M,M-L and L-XL and has an RRP from £93.50 – £112.00.