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Young event riders get a boost from top class coaches 05 Jun 14

Young event riders get a boost from top class coaches

Scotts of Thrapston, leading stabling manufacturer, has been supporting local Eventers through a grass roots Rider Development Programme for the last 4 years, in conjunction with Carlton Horse Trials.  The programme has been designed to train riders so they can enjoy their sport safely and improve their skills.  

Last Wednesday, nine lucky riders between the ages 16-21 attended an intensive training session with leading equestrian coaches Ann Bostock and Nick Turner, who both trained the Brazilian team for London 2012.  The young riders were selected from local pony clubs, and are being mentored by previous participants of the programme as they prepare to debut their newly honed skills at Carlton Horse Trials next month.

The chosen riders and their horses representing their club are named below:

Beth Vipond - Mr Darcy – Woodland Pytchley Hunt

Polly-Anna Greco -  Jamie – Oakley Hunt North

Georgia Payne -  Millstreet Touch – East Herts Hunt

Olivia Freeman - Bonamie – Ivel Valley

Ella Rogers - Ruby Tuesday – Ivel Valley

Poppy Read - Freddie – Oakley Hunt North

James Millard - Toby – Bedfordshire South

Sophie Gilkes - Shamus Nightmare – Pytchley Hunt

Ellie Gay - Bertie – Ivel Valley

The comments from young riders proved that the training was just what they needed in order to boost their confidence and take the next step into a more competitive environment. Poppy Read, from Oakley Hunt North Pony Club, riding Jamie said:  “The day was hugely beneficial, and I learnt that it’s the little things which can make all the difference.  I have been riding since I was 6, but I felt that today I learnt to ride in a different way”.

The past riders who have now been involved in the programme since 2011, loved the chance to share their experiences with the young riders.  They are all so enthusiastic and committed to act as ambassadors for the programme, often being asked to do interviews and write blogs to inspire others to follow in their footsteps.

Log on to the Scotts of Thrapston Blog to find out more about the riders, their horses and training progress in the lead up to Carlton Horse Trials or come and see them in action 26th - 27th July 2014. 

For anyone who is inspired to compete, or would like to get a deeper understanding as a spectator, there will be a course walk on Friday 25th July at 5.30pm. The cost is £10 and this can be booked online at

Entry for spectators is £10 per car for all occupants (including a programme) and there is a number of trade stands for a little retail therapy as well as a beer/Pimms tent with baguettes and freshly filled rolls available.  On Sunday 27th there is also a Dog Show from 11am with pedigree and novelty classes.