Call for Entries

We’re excited to announce our 2021 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 14-26 who are committed and passionate about their sport – whether it’s eventing, dressage, showjumping, side saddle or carriage driving – and want to take their skills to a new level.

Pictured: Natasha with her current competition horse, Lottie – Keystone Dawn Chorus.

The competition will run until midnight on 30th November 2020 – and the winners will be announced mid-December 2020.

What’s included 

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
  • joining our 2021 programme of fun get-togethers and yard visits

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 2021. This is the fifth year that Jo Hansford Photography and Natasha have partnered to offer mentoring and sponsorship to promising young riders.

Want to be selected?

Below are our key criteria for choosing Young Sponsored Riders, you need to be:

  • Age 14-26 years
  • Living/based in Bristol, Bath & NE Somerset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, The Cotswolds
  • You must be passionate about your sport, committed, and out competing regularly – whether its eventing, showjumping, dressage, carriage driving or side saddle.
  • Be active and posting on social media regularly – ideally Facebook and Instagram
  • Be willing to actively promote our brand through your channels
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Still want to be selected?

Here’s the form!

Please fill in the form and answer the questions below, so that we can find out more about you, your horse and your riding ambitions for the future. Feel free to write as much as you would like in answering the questions, this will help us to understand how you can benefit from mentoring with Natasha Baker and the sponsorship.

We are keen to receive videos as a part of your competition entry so that we can find out more about you. If you would like to submit a video, please ensure it's 3 minutes maximum, and tell us why you think we should choose you as a 2021 Young Sponsored Rider.

Please also read the terms and conditions below before entering - if you are under 16 years old, we do need parental consent, so please send an email address or phone number for one of your parents, or ask them to email us at .

If you follow our Facebook page and Instagram, we regularly post Young Rider Sponsorship
updates on our social media:

If you have Facebook or Instagram accounts for your riding, please do send us your account names:

Feel free to write as much as possible in these boxes. You are not limited to the lines shown 🙂

Photos and video

Please make sure your video is less than three minutes in length. We suggest you set your phone to record at 720p 30fps which will reduce the file size to around 115MB for a three minute clip.

Click here for how to do this on an iPhone

For Android phones please refer to the manufacturer user guide, sorry!

If your entry won't submit, this may be because your video or image files are too big. Feel free to email us at and we will find a way for you to send your entry in!

By submitting the entry to the competition you're agreeing to our Terms & Conditions, listed here:

  • Regional boundary: entrants must live in the Cotswolds, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, Bath & NE Somerset or Bristol
  • Age restriction of young riders: 14-26
  • If you are aged under 16 years, parental consent must be obtained prior to entry - please provide an email address/phone number for a parent
  • Mentoring sessions with Natasha: one face-to-face session, one Skype/facetime session.
  • Mentoring dates: these will be compatible with Natasha’s training schedule and with Jo Hansford Photography
  • Photoshoot: to be arranged at a time suitable for Jo Hansford Photography
  • By entering you give permission, in the event of you (or your child) winning or being a runner-up, for JHP to use your name, details and photographs on our site and in social media, and also to pass on your details to those publicising the competition and sponsorship.
  • I agree to be added to the JHP mailing list (option to opt out later)

After clicking the button please stay on this page until you see the green success message at the top of the form. This will allow time for the photos and video to be uploaded and may be slow depending on your Internet connection.

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.

Picture: right to left, myself and Natasha, with our three 2018 Young Sponsored Riders : Lydia Ward (middle), Rachel Lade and Lottie Byrnes (far left).

Press enquiries: Jo Hansford 07876 344 866, or email

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

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