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BD Young Professional's Award: Finalists selected

last updated on November 03, 2009 09:24

BD Young Professional's Award: Finalists selected After three very successful training days, six riders have been selected to go through to the final of the British Dressage Young Professional’s Award - the new scheme which aims to identify and assist young professionals in their development with the dressage industry.

Richard Davison, Gareth Hughes and Jennie Loriston-Clarke (pictured) each hosted one of the selection days and were also instrumental in the selection process.

“I was very impressed by the standard of all the candidates,” said Richard Davison. “They were all keen to learn and I have no doubt that any of them can have a good career in the dressage world as long as they have a plan and focus their determination. It was a shame that only two from each day can qualify through to the final, because the top three were almost impossible to separate and were equally impressive.”

The six finalists are:

Natalie Banks (23) a freelance dressage trainer, teaching around 30 clients on a regular basis. Natalie is currently running her parents’ yard and is in the final year studying for a BA Honours Degree in Marketing. She trains with Jill Day and Daniel Greenwood and has represented GB at Roosendaal, Saumur, Soley and Addington CDIJs being placed in the top ten at each.

Richard Black (24) who trains with FEI International Judge Isobel Wessels is based at High Hoes Barn where he is involved in the development of horses from backing to advanced medium. As well as his competitive career, Richard has a passion for breeding and aims to combine these interests in future, simultaneously developing his competition experience to grand prix level and expanding his breeding programme.

Amy Blount (20) works at Catherston Stud as a groom/rider/working pupil and is currently the dressage trainer, manager and team selector for the Ludlow Pony Club. Amy was placed third in the 2008 BD Talent Spotting Final at Young Rider level.

Rachel Finan (24) works as a rider/groom for Jodie Lister prior to which she worked at Catherston Stud. With one of Jodie’s horses, Rachel was Elementary Restricted Champion 2009. By the end of 2009, Rachel aims to be competing at medium level and then continue to move up the test levels. She also hopes to train to become a listed dressage judge.

Laura Jarvis (19) successfully completed a BD Apprenticeship in 2007/8 at Gunthwaite Dressage where she continues to work, train and gain invaluable experience from both Hannah Moody, her trainer, and Becky Moody. Laura, who is competing successfully at advanced medium, was an A squad finalist runner up at Hartpury in July 2009 and was selected for the BEF Regional Foundation Training Programme 2009.

Theresa Smyth (24) works as Assistant Rider for Peter Storr where her duties include sole responsibility of training Peter’s horses in his absence. Theresa aims to train and compete horses at grand prix level and would also eventually like to become a listed dressage judge.

The final will be hosted by Pammy Hutton and will be held on Monday 15 February 2010 at The Talland School of Equitation, Cirencester. The riders will ride a variety of unknown horses and be involved in discussion on future aims and plans. The judges will be Carl Hester and Nicola Jourdain. All six will receive generous training grants and the winner will receive a valuable package of benefits that will be dispersed over the following 12 months.