ARMATHWAITE HALL RIDER OF THE FUTURE £2000 SCHOLARSHIP AWARD - LONGLIST ANNOUNCED
Armathwaite Hall, generous sponsor of the annual Armathwaite Hall Rider of the Future Scholarship that provides £2000 of funding for approved training to a junior rider, has just announced the longlist of riders under consideration for the 2000 award.
After just two seasons of staging BHTA horse trials and a major country fair, the Armathwaite Hall team has earned an enviable reputation as an innovative and competitor-friendly venue, this year introducing the new concept of a cross country start box with an extra rail removed for safety. Much safer, the idea has quickly been taken up by other organisers and publicised as a major development by the Blenheim organisers.
The Armathwaite Hall Rider of the Future Scholarship was first presented in 1999 to Emilie Chandler, who has enjoyed a tremendous season with her string of horses, using the £2000 training grant to further her ambition of achieving international successes at the highest level.
Selection committee members Mandy Stibbe, Gill Watson, Chris McGrann, Armathwaite Hall Director and Joint Organiser Charles Graves and Joint Organiser Frank Hewitt-Smith, have drawn up a longlist of 42 riders registered with the JRN and JOIT programmes, whose applications have been selected from the large number received and will now be given further, more detailed consideration.
A subsequent shortlist will then be announced, with the winner chosen by the selection committee at the end of the eventing season. The prize includes a long weekend with a top British International rider at their yard, where the emphasis will be hands-on stable and horse management, plus advice on running a professional eventing yard. The remainder of the £2000 prize is to be spent on training with approved BHTA trainers of the winners choice.
The remaining riders on the short list will be invited to attend a cross country course walk with a British International rider at a major three day event.
Commenting on the longlisted riders, Frank Hewitt-Smith said, Last year we were pleased with the calibre of riders nominated for the award - this year we have found the quality of the applications to be a least as high and the selection process has not been easy.
We will now be keeping up to date with the progress of the riders for the remainder of the season, drawing up a short list of 15 from which this years scholarship winner will be chosen.
The AHROTF Scholarship is being sponsored by Armathwaite Hall for an initial period of five years, with an option to renew. This years 42 longlisted riders are:-
SOUTH WEST REGION
Laura Toogood Chippenham, Wiltshire
Louise Brassey Shipton Moyne, Tetbury
Abi Walters Cambourne, Cornwall
John Westmore Newquay, Cornwall
Ali Brewer Hartpury, Gloucestershire
Jade Lazonby Exeter, Devon
SOUTH EAST REGION
Melissa Standen Hawkhurst, Kent
Natalie McGoldrick Waterlooville, Hampshire
Kizzy Murphy Braintree, Essex
Edward Cross Harston, Cambridgeshire
Sophie Hyde Little Baddow, Essex
Iona Barclay Woodbridge, Suffolk
Fiona Jonason Soham, Cambridgeshire
Henry Dove Billesdon, Leicestershire
Fiona Gordon-Lennox Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Olivia Haddow East Kilbride, Glasgow
Ibby MacPherson Blairgowrie, Perthshire
Sarah Dow Edinburgh, Lothian
Tessa Elliot-Lockhart Cleghorn, Lanark
Camilla Hook Drem, North Berwick
Fiona Rawson Mauchline, Ayrshire
Kitty Boggis Bampton, Oxon
George Davies Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Zoe Gullet London
Ian Clark Badminton, Gloucestershire
WALES & BORDERS REGION
Sally Dawson Alderley Edge, Cheshire
Emma Brazier Inkberrow, Worcestershire
Rachel Cox Tarporley, Cheshire
Danielle Toole Droitwich, Worcestershire
Emily Philip Bridgenorth, Shropshire
MIDLANDS AND NORTH EAST REGION
Niki Pyrah Leicestershire
Hannah Brown Sheffield, West Yorkshire
Letitia Thompson Grantham, Lincolnshire
Oliver Townend Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
Emma Barr-Young Great Ouseburn, York
Lucy Bell Darlington, Co. Durham