The awards – also known as the ‘Rural Oscars’ – are now in their 15th year, and are an annual celebration of British food, farming, enterprise and heritage.
They have become the most prestigious rural awards to win, giving a voice and a platform to the best rural businesses across the country.
Amanda Beal Equine Transport has reached the regional finals in the Rural Enterprise category and judging will now take place to determine who comes out on top in Yorkshire. Winners for each region will be announced in May ahead of the grand final at the House of Lords on 10 June, where alongside celebrating the success of the regional winners, the overall national champions in each category will be revealed.
This year the awards received over 18,000 nominations, with the Director of the awards – Sarah Lee – describing the number of nominations as “overwhelming”. From these, 128 regional finalists have been selected, which will be further whittled down to 48 ahead of the winners’ reception on 10th June.
Reacting to the good news, Graham commented:
“The Rural Oscars have become the definitive rural business award to win and are a chance to celebrate those businesses who go the extra mile.
“Amanda and her team have done brilliantly to emerge as a finalist given the fact that tens of thousands of nominations were submitted this year. It really is a testament to the hard work and service they provide to the rural community.
“These awards are a chance to sing the praises of those who keep the rural economy ticking, but never seek the spotlight themselves. It’s clear from Amanda’s success that our community appreciates rural businesses themselves, and not just the goods and services they provide.”
As well as providing transport for horses in the area, Amanda has used her equipment to assist with the rescue and rehabilitation of many injured or trapped animals over the last 15 years, often working with the Donkey Sanctuary.
They also frequently assist with horsebox breakdowns – helping to transfer horses out of broken-down lorries to theirs, often by the sides of busy roads.
Finalist Amanda Beal commented;
“It’s a real honour to have made it through to the regional finals of the Countryside Alliance Awards, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to nominate me. Fingers crossed we can make it through to the final against tough competition from around Yorkshire.”
The farm also hosts children with special educational needs:
“We’ve formed a good relationship with Northcott School in Hull, who have sent a couple of pupils to the farm for 2 weeks over the last few years. It’s a good opportunity for them to get some hands-on work experience with the animals and enjoy themselves.”
Amanda will be facing off against businesses from nearby Brough and Drewton, as well as Brimham Rocks Adventure Farm in North Yorkshire.
“I’d like to wish Amanda the best of luck ahead of the judging. I’ll be following their progress with pride and championing their success.”
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