18-YEAR-OLD ISABELLE TAYLOR WINS ARMATHWAITE HALL RIDER OF THE FUTURE £2000 SCHOLARSHIP
Isabelle Taylor from Banbury in Oxon is the winner of the 2001 Armathwaite Hall Rider of the Future Scholarship, which provides £2000 to be spent on agreed training opportunities during the 2002 eventing season.
18-year-old Isabelle, netted numerous competition wins and placings during 2001, including a victory at the Great Witchingham Junior Novice Two Day and a top 20 placing at Blair Castle CCI* with her mum Nicolas mare Trefeinon Angel.
l to r Armathwaite Hall Horse Trials Joint Organiser Charles Graves, Isabelle Taylor and Armathwaite Hall Horse Trials Joint Organiser Frank Hewett-Smith, pictured in front of the magnificent Armathwaite Hall Hotel.
Nominated by Central Regional Co-ordinator Celia Gough, Isabelle is supported not only by her mum, but also by her grandmother Jane Whiteley, who competed at Badminton 50 years ago and has been a staunch supporter of junior and young riders in the intervening years.
On learning she was to be the third recipient of this generous annual training award, Isabelle said, "Im still a bit shocked really, partly because its a while since I sent my application off and I suppose I didnt really expect anything!
"Id already turned down a place at university to continue eventing and am going to Holland until the end of the year to train with my aunt Anneli Drummond-Hay. This will mean Ill be more able to compete at a higher level and train more frequently than I had ever thought would be possible."
Isabelle confirmed that shes now keen to train with both Yogi Breisner and Lucinda Green, from whose clinics she has benefited in the past.
Armathwaite Hall hosts an advanced event in July each season and as part of the organising teams support of eventing, has committed to an initial five year sponsorship of the Armathwaite Hall Rider Of The Future Scholarship, providing £2000 annually for funding of approved training for a junior rider.
Isabelle is the third recipient of the scholarship, the first winner in 1999 was Emilie Chandler and in 2000 the second recipient was Ian Clark.
Isabelles prize will also include a long weekend at a professional event riders yard, where the emphasis will be hands-on stable and horse management, plus advice on running a professional eventing yard.
Armathwaite Hall Rider of the Future Scholarship and Armathwaite Hall joint organiser Frank Hewett-Smith said, "We were impressed not only with Isabelles achievements in competition, but also with her very clear idea of her ambitions for the future."
"All of us on the selection committee felt that she has every chance of making rapid progress to the top level of the sport and we are delighted to be able to provide her with valuable training support."