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Closes Friday 10 Aug: Young Professionals Award

last updated on August 06, 2012 14:43

Closes Friday 10 Aug: Young Professionals Award

The closing date (Friday 10 August) for applications for the prestigious Young Professionals Award is fast approaching. Anyone interested in taking part in this scheme, which is running for its fourth year, should apply as soon as possible.

The award is open to any British rider aged 18 to 25 who has aspirations of a career in the dressage industry.

Applicants should be working with horses and be able to demonstrate a commitment to a future in the dressage industry. You could be working as an apprentice in a professional yard, running your own yard, or developing your own activity with horses whilst receiving some support from your parents and/or partner or other source.

In the first instance, successful applicants will be invited to attend one of three interactive training days held during October. These include Wednesday 3 October at Peter Storr’s yard in Worcestershire, Thursday 4 October at Carl Hester’s yard in Gloucestershire or Wednesday 10 October at Paul Hayler’s yard in Essex. Two winners from each training day go forward to the final at the Talland School of Equitation (by kind permission of Mr & Mrs Hutton) on Monday 18 March 2013.

The winner will receive a grant of £4,000 and a bridle, the runner up will receive a grant of £2,000, third place gets a £1,000 grant and the three runners up receive a grant of £100 each. British Dressage is indebted to Core Context Consulting who are sponsoring this award and also to the Worshipful Company of Saddlers for generously donating the bridle.

24 riders came forward to the three separate training days in October 2011 which involved training for the riders on their own horses, discussion on future plans in the industry and varied training offered by each host to the group. The latter training covered young horses to Grand Prix and work in hand in some cases. The three days were varied and allowed the participants to ask questions and become interactive with the trainer and co-ordinators. The final, held at Talland, enabled the seven incredibly fortunate finalists to work with two outstanding British riders and trainers, Richard Davison and Judy Harvey. Talland very generously loaned all the horses for the Final which included some of their top competition horses.

The winner of the YPA Final 2012, Alex Hardwick, was chosen by judges Richard Davison and Judy Harvey to show the most thorough skills as a Young Professional, demonstrating commitment, talent and aspiration.

For more information on this exciting award please contact Ann Morton/ Sharon Weir on 02476 698834 or email