Tedworth Hunt Members Race, Larkhill, 16 May 1981: Meeting Secretary, Roger Roberts canters to the start on odds-on favourite, Now Hear This. They made most and won very easily.
Roger Roberts, who died aged 83 in August 2017, rode 62 winners (including some under Rules and in Germany) in a riding career spanning 40 years. It started with Jazz Fanatic at Tismans in West Sussex on 9 May 1953, with the first of his 46 P-t-P winners coming the following year (Cinderella Man at Edenbridge), and the last (Call On Dickins - famously by then, both horse and rider had a single working eye apiece) in the 1990 Avon Vale Members at Nedge. An enthusiastic corinthian amateur rider - a now very endangered species, he finally retired from the saddle on 18 April 1992.
A bon-viveur and very generous host, he was also a most effective Secretary of the Tedworth P-t-P for 15 years from 1973. Throughout his tenure the meeting was held at Larkhill - his 'spiritual home' - and his ashes were scattered 'between the last fence and the jam stick' as he requested.
In memory of her husband, Lucinda Roberts (herself a multiple winning Larkhill rider, owner and trainer) has donated a perpetual silver cup, the Roger Roberts Trophy and a memento.
For Larkhill's most successful Novice Horse which was still a maiden when first running at Larkhill in the current season. Uniquely for a Larkhill Award, points may be scored at other courses and in hunter chases. The winner also receives a permanent memento.
Points earned elsewhere prior to a horse’s first appearance at Larkhill will not count.
Scoring will end at the same time as the other Larkhill Awards.