Wayne Hamilton, who works at Park Farm Oakley, a BHS Approved riding centre and livery yard near Basingstoke, was the delighted winner of the BHS Hampshire training bursary. Wayne, 22, who is originally from Ireland, won £200 towards training for his Intermediate Teaching Test as well as having the exam fee paid for.
Alison Russell, who organised the selection day, held at Wellington Riding in February, explained that Robert Pickles FBHS, who selected the winner, did not have an easy task. “The general standard of the five candidates was very good. All of them rode nicely and had a good teaching manner. Wayne stood out for his ability to get a good tune out of a couple of trickier horses. He had a sympathetic teaching style, and allowed for plenty of feedback from the students. It was a close decision on the day, and Robert Pickles had a tough job to choose a winner, but Wayne was a deserving recipient of the bursary.”
Wayne, who plans to take his Intermediate Teaching Test in July, found the day very beneficial. “The whole day was very educational and I learnt some valuable tips. I found the flatwork element most interesting, and it gave me an understanding of the structure of the flatwork exam, which will be really helpful in my preparations,” he said.
BHS Hampshire would like to thank both Robert Pickles, for giving his time and expertise to judge the day, and the team at Wellington Riding, who generously hosted the selection day and provided the horses.