Young Sponsored Riders 2018 Competition – call for entries

Young Sponsored Riders 2018 competition now closed

We have been inundated with responses this year and we’d like to thank everyone who has taken the time to submit their entry. It’s going to be a busy few weeks as we review and narrow down these responses to the final selection. For now keep watching this page for updates on progress!

Jo & Nic

We’re excited to announce our 2018 Young Sponsored Rider competition!

We’re proud to be collaborating with Natasha Baker, a globally-recognised Dressage champion who won three Golds at the Rio 2016 Paralympics. We are looking for young riders from Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, the Cotswolds, Bristol and Bath & NE Somerset aged 12-26 who are committed and passionate about their sport – whether it’s eventing, dressage, showjumping or carriage driving – and want to take their skills to a new level.

Natasha Baker Jo Hansford

The competition will run until midnight on 30th November 2017 and the winners will be announced in January 2018. To enter please email requesting an entry form.

Each of the three young riders will receive:

  • two one-to-one mentoring sessions with Natasha Baker
  • a Jo Hansford Photography photoshoot of the rider and their horse and a 16” framed print
  • a Jo Hansford Photography-branded horse rug and saddle pad.

There are three runners-up prizes, too, and each rider will win a two-hour photoshoot with Jo Hansford and a mounted print.

The winners will receive ongoing support and contact with Jo and Natasha throughout 2018. This is the third year that Jo and Natasha have partnered to offer mentoring and sponsorship to promising young riders.

Natasha Baker Jo Hansford

Pictured above: Natasha with the horse with whom she won 5  Paralympic Gold medals, Cabral, stable name JP.

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

Natasha Baker Jo Hansford

Pictured above: left to right, myself with our 3 2017 Young Sponsored Riders & Natasha: Lucy Mae Bush,  Natasha,  Jess Parsons, and Jemima Stratton.

To enter, riders should email

Press enquiries: Jo Hansford 07876 344 866, or email

Deadline for entries: midnight, Nov 30, 2017

Winners announced: Jan 2018

Open to entrants from: Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds, Bristol and Bath & NE Somerset

Age restriction for entrants: 12-26

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