Best Mate's Owner : Jim Lewis
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" A genuinely enthusiastic jumping man. I'll have half a pint of whatever he’s been drinking for the last few years.” (Peter Thomas, Racing Post, 15 March 2003)

Jim has owned racehorses in training with Henrietta for the past 12 years since reading an article about her in a magazine. He is one of her most enthusiastic supporters – as he is also famously a great supporter of Aston Villa FC, whose maroon and blue colours Best Mate carries and whose scarf Jim and his family often wear. He has been christened by many as ‘Lucky Jim’!

Awards :

BBC Midlands Sports Award for achievement in 2003
Horserace Writers' and Photographers' Association The Derby Awards 2003 - Owner of the Year and More


Best Mate's Trainer : Garamond Henrietta Knight B.Ed
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Started Training Career in 1989. Former Biology Teacher and successful three day eventer, finishing12th at Badminton in 1973.
Chairman of the Horse Trials Selection Committee (1984–88) which included selecting the silver medal winning team for the Seoul Olympics (1988).
Trained over 100 Point-to-Point winners (1984–1989).
Breeds Connemara Ponies
Regularly judges at major County Shows during the Summer months.

Awards :

Lanson Lady of the Year 2002
Timeform Personality of the Year 2003
6 Guinness Awards at Cheltenham (2002 & 2003)
Horse Race Writers and Photographers Association ‘NH Trainer of the Year’ 2002
2003 Channel 4 Racing Personality of the Year


Henrietta Knight's Husband : Terry Biddlecombe
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3 times Former champion National Hunt jockey


Best Mate's Principle Jockey : Jim Culloty
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Best Mate and Jim have formed a regular partnership since 1999: “Best Mate is a brilliant jumper and is the best horse in training in every way. Wrapping him up in cotton wool and only giving him three runs a season hopefully means he could be about for another three or four years.”


Best Mate’s Lass: Jackie Jenner
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Jackie joined Henrietta over 3 years ago and has looked after such horses as Edredon Bleu and Impek, as well as Best Mate. She says of him: “He's such an athlete and a wonderful character.”

Jackie herself enjoys riding in point to points and has spent a summer working for Michael Dickinson in the U.S.A

Jackie is now with Carl Llewellyn and we keep in touch and she remains interested in my horses

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