As you are aware the trophies have undergone rationalization and refurbishment over the last few years. The Premier Award (in common with many of the others) was extremely tired by 2011 and required some dents removed, re-plating and re-mounting. You will appreciate that the only real opportunity to collect in the trophies is at the Gathering when (most of them) are returned by the previous year’s recipient. This inevitably means that when such work is necessary the current year’s recipient goes home empty-handed. Please accept my apologies that it was you that suffered that year.
The non-availability of the The President’s Trophy this year is simply a matter of last year’s recipient failing to return it in time for the Gathering. I have written requesting that it is returned to me and as soon as I am in receipt I will forward it on to you. Again, my apologies.