Our Young Rider Sponsorship programme developed from a desire to give something back to the equestrian community. We’re committed to supporting talented, passionate young riders and want to help those who need a little extra support and inspiration.

Every year, three riders aged 12-26 receive sponsorship, support and advice designed to help them take their equestrian skills to the next level.

Pictured left, Amelia James with her pony ‘Steve’, who was our first Young Sponsored Rider in 2014.


Whether dressage, eventers or show-jumpers, young riders face huge emotional challenges, such as competition nerves and disappointment when things go wrong.

We partnered with the British para-equestrian and Olympic gold medallist, Natasha Baker MBE, to provide specialist mentoring that will equip our young riders with the skills and resilience they need to succeed.

“I am so thrilled at the idea of passing on my knowledge to young riders. I can’t wait to help them reach their full potential. After the joy of winning three gold medals at Rio, it would be another dream come true if I could inspire these talented young people to fulfil their own dreams and aspirations.”


As well as an equine photoshoot with us and a branded horse rug and saddlepad, each of these riders receives ongoing mentoring and support throughout 2018.

Lottie Byrnes, 15, from Whitminster, Gloucestershire, is a young event rider who trains with Charlotte Armstrong and is currently competing a young ex dressage horse ‘Dizzy’ at BE100, alongside a new ride from her trainer, ‘Hugo’.


‘I am so excited for the 2018 eventing season, where my goal is to qualify Dizzy for next years Badminton grassroots.’ she said. ‘I am also hugely grateful to be given the opportunity to compete Hugo, together we will be strengthening our partnership and gaining some valuable Novice experience. My next goal will be to aim to qualify with Hugo for the Junior team selection.’


Rachel Lade, 23, from Painswick, Gloucestershire, is a dressage rider competing at Advanced Medium level and aiming for PSG this year and Grand Prix in the future, with her horse ‘Shimmer’, whom she bought last June.


‘I haven’t had Shimmer all that long, but we have had a brilliant start to our partnership, including being reserve champions at the Senior Home International, and qualifying for regionals at two levels.’ she said ‘This year I would love to qualify for PSG area festivals, and just enjoy having such a gorgeous horse!’

Lydia Ward, 16, from Dumbleton in the Cotswolds, is a young event rider who recently moved up from ponies to her new horse, Leo. This year she will be competing Leo at BE100, aiming for U18 teams before moving on to Novice.


‘Last year I needed to concentrate on my GCSEs, but I thoroughly enjoyed campaigning at Pony Trials on my pony Chequers as well competing at Badminton, which was a great experience.’ she said. ‘This year will be all about creating a partnership with my new horse, Leo, and hopefully aiming for the 6 year old championships at the end of the year.’


Each year we also have 3 runners-up, each of whom receives a two hour equine photoshoot with Jo and a mounted print.

  • Millie Toulson-Clarke, 16, from Somerset | Eventer
  • Annabel Beale, 16, from the Cotswolds | Eventer
  • Islay Riddick, 14, from Gloucestershire | Eventer/Showjumper


We first met the British para-equestrian and Olympic gold medallist, Natasha Baker MBE, in 2013 when she kindly agreed to launch our new Equine Photography business at Whatley Manor. We were immediately blown away by Natasha’s inspirational outlook on life. We loved her down-to-earth personality, her incredible sense of fun, and of course, her deep passion for horses.

In 2014, she agreed to mentor our Young Riders and we began sponsoring her too. To say we love working with Natasha is an understatement! We photograph her a few times a year and each time we meet it’s fun, creative and different.

It’s an honour to be a part of her journey, and to have her be part of ours!


Dee Holdsworth of Dynamic Sports Therapy approached us about working together in 2013. As we learned more about Dee, we recognised someone who is young, passionate and professional, so we agreed to sponsor her. We think ‘dynamic’ is a great name for Dee.

It reflects her strong, committed, forward-thinking attitude to helping horse and rider achieve the best possible results together as athletes. In the 4 years we’ve known Dee, her business has gone from strength to strength and she now works with elite riders such as Charlotte Dujardin and Astier Nicolas.


Jo and Nic Hansford are based in Bristol, Bath, Somerset and are available to travel nationally and internationally.

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