The Equus Awards banquet to celebrate the South African horseracing 2014/15 season superstar performers was held at the Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg on Tuesday 11 August 2015.
The Justin Snaith trained multiple Gr1 winner Futura walked off with the prestigious Horse Of The Year title. Futura is the third son of Dynasty to lift the title after Legislate last year, and Irish Flame in 2009/10.
After his superb L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate and J&B Met double of last season, Futura made a cracking start to the new term with a sensational win in the rain delayed Super Saturday Gr1 Champions Cup a fortnight ago.
New Klawervlei stallion Captain Of All, who was also an obvious contender for the premier title, was an unsurprising winner of the speed champion award.
Multiple champion jockey Piere Strydom, who rode a recordbreaking 5000th winner earlier in the season, was deservedly acknowledged with a special achievement award for his incredible feats in the saddle.
All the winners:
CHAMPION 2YO COLT (distance immaterial)
CHAMPION 2YO FILLY (distance immaterial)
CHAMPION 3YO COLT (distance immaterial)
CHAMPION 3YO FILLY (distance immaterial)
Alboran Sea (AUS)
CHAMPION OLDER MALE (distance immaterial)
CHAMPION OLDER FILLY/MARE (distance immaterial)
CHAMPION SPRINTER (1000-1200; age/gender immaterial)
Captain Of All
CHAMPION MILER (1400-1600; age/gender immaterial)
CHAMPION MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE (1800-2200; age/gender immaterial)
CHAMPION STAYER (2400m upwards; age/gender immaterial)
SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
OUTSTANDING STALLION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
OUTSTANDING BREEDER AWARD
Highlands Farm Stud
Print – Michael Clower
Television – Kevin Harris
APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR
OWNER OF THE YEAR
Mrs I & Mr M J Jooste
HORSE OF THE YEAR