The Sir Peter O'Sullevan Award Lunch
This annual event is the principal fund-raising initiative of The Sir Peter O’Sullevan Charitable Trust, which was set up in 1999 following the success of the first two Annual Award Lunches.
The perpetual bronze in the shape of Peter’s own racing binoculars, sculpted by Janie Beardsall, is awarded for a lifetime’s contribution to the sport. It already bears the names of some of the most renowned and respected people in horseracing.
The 2016 Award was presented to John Gosden by his great friend Frankie Dettori at the Award Lunch on November 24th at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Park Lane. Over 480 guests (a record) were entertained by the magnificent Rory Bremner, a close friend of Peter’s and the ensuing auction once again superbly conducted by Nick Nugent of Goffs Bloodstock Sales, raised over £130,000.
The 2017 Award Lunch will take place on November 23rd.
Recipients of the Award
AP McCoy OBE
La famille Head
Sir Henry Cecil
Lord Oaksey OBE
The Balding Brothers
The Balding Brothers
Dick Francis CBE
HM The Queen
HM Queen Elizabeth
Major Dick Hern
The Duke of Devonshire KCVO CBE DL
Portraits of the Award Winners
Born in 1948, Johnny Jonas is an international and multi-talented artist, portrait painter, composer and inventor. The culmination of his formal art training was in 1972 when he won a place at the famous Academmia di Belle Arti in Florence, and later at the Fine Art Academy in Perugia. During his studies he began to paint everyday life scenes and this led him to become essentially a painter of people.
In 1979 he moved to Grimaldi, a small medieval village overlooking the French Riviera, Monte Carlo and Cannes. Here he began the series of paintings which have become the hallmark of his work – people going about their everyday life, in street cafes and market squares, in and around Monte Carlo, orchestra and opera rehearsals, circus, casino, jazz and cabaret.
He returned to England in 1985, and a chance invitation to the races inspired a series of exhibitions themed around the British Sporting Year, including ‘A Day at the Races’ and ‘Looking for a Winner’. His fascination lay as much with the urgency and action of the sport as with the punters, the bookies, the randomness of people enjoying themselves.
His many commissions include military campaigns for the Royal Artillery, the Royal Engineers and Royal Logistics Corps, the assembly of the main drill for Eurotunnel, and portraits of Sir Geoffrey Howe, Lord Vincent, Lord Wakeham, and more recently, the official portrait of H.M. Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.