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2012/13 Winner Announced - Elliot Reeves
Showjumper Elliott Reeves is the winner of this year's Dodson & Horrell Young Rider Bursary
The 17-year-old from East Sussex will win a training session with a leading rider, a year's supply of feed and expert feeding advice from a Dodson & Horrell nutritionist, branded horse rugs and jacket and a blogspot on the H&H young rider app.
"I'm really looking forward to the training and feed advice so I can get the best out of my horses," said Elliott. "I'm delighted to have won and hope this will open more doors for me."
Elliott started riding eight years ago and recently left school to concentrate on horses full-time. His top horse is Cairo Z II, whom he regularly jumps at 1.30m. "At the moment I want to get on the under-18 team, as well as jump at Hickstead in the speed Derby," he said. "Long-term, I'd love to set up my own yard.”
Chris Gordon, Dodson & Horrell technical director, added: "The bursary was hugely competitive, with so many talented riders passionate and enthusiastic about their sports. Elliott presented himself well on camera and has clear goals."
Eleanor Hall - Winner 2011/12
Chigwell based, Eleanor Hall was the lucky winner of 2011/12 Young Rider’s Bursary. Seventeen year old Eleanor loans her horse from her local Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA).
Judging panel member and Paralympic Gold medalist, Lee Pearson, was very impressed with the combination…“Eleanor is obviously a very talented dressage rider with a really good seat and good soft hands. Eleanor has been able to use these attributes to produce a technically correct horse that shows good paces and good movement, which is vital in dressage. “Eleanor is also very enthusiastic about equestrianism and it’s great to see riders putting something back into the sport, such as Eleanor does via using Smartie as a RDA horse… a very worthy winner.”
Watch Eleanor in action on You Tube
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2010/11 Winners - What they had to say...
"I would advise any aspiring young rider to apply for this bursary. Dodson & Horrell have not only been a totally professional team to deal with, but also supportive, helpful and approachable.”
“I never expected to win the bursary, especially being up against such experienced riders. It was such a confidence boost to know that the judges had faith in me and saw that I had potential. It has greatly fuelled my enthusiasm.
It is a wonderful opportunity to improve your skills and receive world class tuition and a tailor-made feeding program for your horse. It doesn’t matter what level you and your horse are at - it’s all about your enthusiasm and dedication to success."