At the start of the year, the Worcestershire BHS committee decided to introduce a bursary scheme for 2014, financed from committee funds and open to Worcestershire County members.
The ethos of the scheme was to confer bursaries up to the sum of £250 on individual Worcestershire members, in order to assist in the progression of their involvement, development and achievement in the world of equine sport.
Applications were invited in which details needed to be included as to how a bursary would be spent in order to progress, or achieve an equine related goal. Applicants also needed explain as to why they thought they were deserving of such an award. The closing date for all applications was set as 1 April 2014.
In all, eight applications were received and considered. As a result committee members felt that four of the applications were worthy of bursary awards.
The successful Worcestershire members are:
Sally Harte, from Pershore
Sally passed her BHS stage 1 in December 2013 and is now working towards her stage 2. Sally will use the bursary to gain riding and road safety training and pay for the riding and road safety exam as well as training for her stage 2 exam.
Michelle FitzHerbert, from Kidderminster
Michelle is currently working towards her BHS stage 4, horse knowledge and care, as well as her BHS stage 3 riding. Injury last year forced her to withdraw from the stage 3 exam and recovery set her back from her goals. She will use the award to have private lessons with a well-known FBHS to hone her riding skills prior to taking the stage 3 examination.
Lizzie Davidge, from Hanbury
Since her children have grown up, Lizzie has become interested in combined training and one day events. Although she is happy with her jumping, she feels that her dressage lets her down. She will use the bursary award to gain structured training over the coming months to improve her dressage marks and general riding skills, with a view to improve her scores and placing in future one day events.
Leander Walton, from Stourport on Severn
Leander has a talented young warmblood horse that has done extremely well at in hand showing at both local and county levels. She now wants to progress his training under saddle and will use her award for dressage training and lessons. She hopes to be able to compete at novice level in the next 12 months and achieve regular consistent scores.
The Worcestershire BHS Committee is delighted to be able to help local riders from the county and wish those concerned the best of luck and success in achieving their goals.