Tales of valuable vintage coats, and prized pieces of “special” string lead us to the identity of the 2018 Jim Mahon Award Winner
Carolyn Tanner was tasked with revealing the identity of this year’s Jim Mahon award winners, and laid us a breadcrumb of clues including tales of vintage coats, popped hunt buttons and “special string, along with charitable endeavours that gradually led us to identify the inimitable Mick Easterby patriarch of our 2018 PPORA Jim Mahon Award winners the Easterby Family.
The Jim Mahon Award, announced each year at the PPORA Grassroots Awards Lunch, remembers our visionary founder Jim Mahon, and is an opportunity to recognise sustained contribution to the success of our sport over time.
As owners, riders, trainers and all-round supporters of Point to Pointing the Easterby Family has made a longstanding impact on Point to Pointing both in Yorkshire and nationwide. As owners, breeders, trainers, and riders, they have fielded a National Point to Point Champion (Jacqueline Coward in 2013), and saddled a Cheltenham Foxhunter winner (Amicelli in 2008). They have supported riders, not least former National Champion Oliver Greenall, and are the hosts at Sheriff Hutton Point to Point course raising substantial funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance each year.
Cherry Coward was on hand to receive the award – a Birdie watercolour of Mick himself dressed in his £500 vintage coat, with “swear box” by his side!