MIKE de Kock was crowned Champion Trainer of South Africa for the seventh time at the Equus Awards Gala Dinner held at Emperors Palace on Wednesday night.
The stable was also awarded the trophy for Champion Two-Year-Old Colt, Soft Falling Rain, owned by Sheikh Hamdan of Dubai.
Mathew de Kock received the award for Champion Two-Year-Old Colt from Phumelela’s Rian du Plessis (left). Breeder Mike Sharkey from Highlands Farm is on the right.
A highlight of the evening was a Special Achievement Award to Diane de Kock, for her HIV-Aids care and awareness work among racing industry grooms.
(Headline photo: Diane received her award from Larry Wainstein).
Last year’s Horse of the Year Igugu took the 2012 Champion Older Filly/Mare title on the strength of her brilliant victory in the 2012 J&B Met.
Mike with Trainer’s Award. (photos by JC Photos)
Here is the full list of winners:
Champion Two Year Old Filly ALL IS SECRET
Champion Two Year Old Colt/Gelding SOFT FALLING RAIN
Champion Three Year Old Filly PRINCESS VICTORIA
Champion Three Year Old Colt/Gelding VARIETY CLUB
Champion Older Fill/Mare (4YO and older, distance immaterial) IGUGU
Champion Older Male WHAT A WINTER
Champion Sprinter WHAT A WINTER
Champion Middle Distance Horse VARIETY CLUB
Champion Stayer IN WRITING
Special Achievement Award DIANE DE KOCK
Champion Stallion JET MASTER
Champion Broodmare GOLDEN APPLE
Champion Breeder SUMMERHILL
Breeder Award – Exceptional International Achievement MAINE CHANCE
Breeder of the Year Award MAINE CHANCE
Work Rider of the Year ABRAM MAKHUBO
Media – Print DAVID THISELTON
Media – Television ANDREW BON
Apprentice Jockey of the Year NOORESH JUGLALL
Champion Jockey ANTON MARCUS
Champion Trainer MIKE DE KOCK
Owner of the Year INGRID & MARKUS JOOSTE
Horse of the Year VARIETY CLUB