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Harry Meade wins annual award from British Equestrian Writers' Association

Image: Harry Meade: Has made an impressive comeback from injuries

Eventer Harry Meade has been named as the British Equestrian Writers' Association leading rider for 2014.

The 31-year-old, who is based near Bath, has enjoyed a successful year after battling back from career-threatening elbow injuries he suffered in a competition fall 16 months ago.

Meade finished third at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in May, then gained selection for Great Britain's silver medal-winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

His horse, Wild Lone, tragically collapsed and died at the finish after they produced a brilliant cross-country clear round.

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Meade, who won many new admirers after paying an emotional tribute to Wild Lone, was presented with the BEWA Trophy at the Association's annual lunch and awards ceremony in central London.

Dressage wonderhorse Valegro was again voted Horse of the Year after adding world title glory to the Olympic and European crowns already held with British star Charlotte Dujardin.

Showjumper Spencer Roe received the Worshipful Company of Saddlers award of a new saddle.

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