The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) was delighted for their Official Photographer and Media Executive, Debbie Burt, who was presented with the Best Lady Photographer Award by Santa Anita Park Chairman, Keith Brackpool at the dazzling awards show on Friday. The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival, along with the Arabian Racing Cup Stewards, celebrated the achievements of women in Arabian racing alongside the domestic awards for the US 2016 racing season at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, home to the Oscars. Three of the UK’s Arabian Racing Organisation nominees had been shortlisted for the event, Burt (also nominated for Journalism), Joanna Mason (Amateur Jockey) and defending title holder, Laura King (TV Presenter).

Burt thanked ARO, Lara Sawaya and the HH Sheikh Mansoor Festival for their support adding “This initiative from HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak championing women in Arabian racing is a great addition to the calendar and it was my initial nomination that encouraged me to progress my photography from amateur to professional level. As well as my own magazine, I now write and supply pictures for numerous publications around the world, covering both Arabian and Thoroughbred racing. It is an honour to represent the UK in these prestigious awards and I hope that my work will continue to promote Arabian racing globally.”

Genny Haynes, ARO Director commented:”Debbie’s award is well deserved as she has supported ARO since 2012. Her photographs really capture the essence of the sport and are a huge asset in promoting Arabian racing, particularly in the UK.”

She  continued: “ARO is very proud of the record UK participants have at this global event and we thank Lara Sawaya, HH Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak and HH Sheikh Mansoor for their continued sponsorship of Arabian racing in the UK and around the world.”

In front of an audience of over 1000 guests, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley (International) Awards were presented to winners from Hong Kong, Algeria, Sweden, France, The Netherlands, Poland, USA, UK and Turkey.

The winners of HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Darley (International) Awards are:

Best 3-Year-Old Filly: Amirat Esahra (Algeria)
Best 4-Year-Old Filly: Naziq (France)
Best Older Mare: Sylvine Al Maury (France)
Best Lady Amateur Jockey: Ms Cindy Klinkenberg (The Netherlands)
Best Lady Apprentice Jockey: Kei Chiong Ka-Kei (Hong Kong)
Best Lady Professional Jockey: Ms Anna Pilroth (Sweden)
Best Lady Breeder: Mrs Dianne Waldron (USA)
Best Lady Owner: Mrs Deniz Kurtel (Turkey)
Best Lady Trainer: Mrs Jean-Francois Bernard (France)
Best Lady Photographer: Ms Debbie Burt (UK)
Best Lady TV Presenter: Josephine Chini (Sweden)
Best Lady Journalist: Stephanie Corum (USA)
Best Lady Endurance Rider: Mercedes Tapia (Argentina)
Lifetime Achievement Award: Mrs Dorota Kaluba (Poland)

Photo: Debbie Burt receiving the Best Photographer Award from Keith Brackpool (c) Steve Heath

The Darley Awards is under the direction of Lara Sawaya, Executive Director of the Festival, and organised by Arabian Racing Cup, The HH Sheikh Mansoor Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Global Arabian Horse Flat Racing Festival is sustained by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority and coordinated by Abu Dhabi Sports Council, with National Feed and Flour Production and Marketing Co. LLC as associate sponsors, The  National Archives as the official partner and Emirates airline as the official carriers, in cooperation with Emirates Racing Authority, IFAHR, Emirates Arabian Horse Society, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, General Authority of Youth and Sports Welfare  and sponsored by Al Aweer Stables, Ayadii LLC, Global United Veterinary Services LLC, Wathba Stallions, Abu Dhabi Falconers Club, Emirates Falconers Club,  Mohamed Bin Zayed Falconry and Desert Physiognomy School, Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Al Awani General Enterprises, Kabale, Omeir Travels, Dr Nader Saab Switzerland, Laboratories Fadia Karam Cosmetics, YAS Channel, Racing Post, Paris Turf,  Al Wathba Centre, the UAE’s General Women’s Union, The Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, the HH Sheikha Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy, Abu Dhabi International Hunting and Equestrian Exhibition 2017, Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club, Eastern Mangroves Suites-Abu Dhabi by Jannah, Anantara Eastern Mangroves Spa and Resort.