Blenheim course builder receives lifetime achievement award

By: Horse Deals

Blenheim course builder receives lifetime achievement award
Blenheim course builder receives lifetime achievement award

Course builder David Evans received the coveted Bill Thomson Memorial Award at the 2012 Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials.

The award is in memory of Bill Thomson who was famous for his course design at Burghley and many other events, establishing many of the methods still used today.

Each year, the award is presented to a course builder or course designer who has contributed significantly to the sport; previous winners include Captain Mark Phillips, Alan Willis, and Philip Herbert.

Forty-seven-year-old David started his course building career in Cumbria where he and his father Tony designed and built the courses at the former Holker Hall Horse Trials.

David said: "It’s always a sign that people want you to retire when you start receiving awards! Joking aside, I am very honoured to receive the award and to be acknowledged, but I literally could not do it the way we do without such a good team: my business partner Richard Taylor, my top team leaders Charles Etherington-Smith, Mike Pope, Karl Fletcher, Alex Pickles and of course everyone involved.

"I consider myself very lucky to have been in the right place at the right time to get chosen to work in stunning parks such as Blenheim Palace, Chatsworth, Bramham and Luhmühlen."

David, an international course designer in his own right, now builds courses of all levels all over the world including the 2008 Beijing Olympics and gives clinics for the International Federation in Europe

British Eventing chief executive, Mike Etherington-Smith said: "He has driven the standard of presentation to new levels and is now undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, course builders in the world and is a thoroughly deserving winner of this award."