The British Horse Society (BHS) has announced the winners of a brand new scholarship program, allowing a route into the industry for young equestrians.
As the largest provider of equestrian education and qualifications in the UK, the BHS wants to inspire individuals who can make a difference to the future of the industry.
Although steps have been taken to make the equestrian industry more accessible, the financial costs can be a stumbling block for many. The BHS are trying to remove these barriers, by allocating £250,000 to the program.
The aim of the scholarship is to increase the number of qualified BHS Assistant Instructors (BHSAI). The BHS will support the costs of training, examinations and the first year as an Accredited Professional coach.
BHS Chief Executive, Lynn Petersen, said: “Education is at the heart of The British Horse Society. As more and more people turn to riding as a leisure pursuit, we want to make sure they have access to the best instruction. Learning to ride properly is vital for the welfare of the horse while making sure the rider is safe and having fun”.
“The BHS is committed to providing BHS qualified instructors for all riders, so we are delighted to be making this investment in the education of our future instructors.”
The nine women who have been granted scholarships are: Emma Barton (Carrington Riding School), Serina Goncmakov (Witham Villa Riding Centre), Louise Mellor (Witham Villa Riding Centre), Sarah Loader (Summerhouse Equestrian and Training Centre), Michaela Pullen (Bar Pasture Stables), Jessica Thomas (Aberconwy Equestrian Centre), Emma Hurworth (Newton Equestrian and Leisure Centre), Roisin Hughes (Swang Pony Centre) and Sophie Harrington (Ryders Farm Equestrian Centre).
Anyone who would like to benefit from this opportunity should visit bhs.org.uk/scholarships for more information.