Call for Entries

We’re excited to announce our 2024 Young Sponsored Rider competition!

We’re proud to be collaborating with Natasha Baker OBE, a globally-recognised Para Olympic Dressage champion, who holds an impressive collection of six Paralympic gold medals. We are looking for young riders from the UK, 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 closing date for entries is Sunday 18th February at midnight, the winners will be announced early March.

What’s included:

Each of the three young riders will receive:

  • Four mentoring sessions with Natasha Baker (two per year)
  • Two Jo Hansford Photography photoshoots of the rider and their horse (one summer one winter)
  • A 16” framed print of a favourite image
  • A copy of your shoot images for your own social media
  • A  Jo Hansford Photography-branded horse rug and saddle pad
  • Ongoing support and regular contact with Jo & Natasha throughout 2024 & 2025
  • Joining our 2024 & 2025 programme of fun get-togethers and yard visits

There is one runner-up prize, too, who will win a two-hour photoshoot with Jo Hansford and a mounted print.

Ellie Fredericks, a previous winner says, “Jo and Nic have been so incredibly supportive of me and I feel privileged to be sponsored by them. Their images are fantastic and have provided me with the most amazing memories of my horses. Having the opportunity to learn from Natasha has been invaluable and really helped me focus on my goals this year which I’m delighted to say, has ended by winning the 2* at Bicton!”

Natasha says: “It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to pass on my knowledge and inspire young riders to help fulfil their own dreams and aspirations. This is the seventh time that Jo, Nic and I have partnered and we’re delighted our programme of sponsorship has been such a success. I can’t wait to help this year’s winners reach their full potential.”

Jo says, “Our young rider sponsorship programme developed from a desire to give something back to the equestrian community. We are committed to supporting talented, passionate young riders and get so much pleasure watching each rider develop and progress throughout the year”.

Want to be selected?

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

  • Age 14-26 years
  • Must live in the UK
  • 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 to your friends, family & fellow riders
Horse photographer Cotswolds Jo Hansford

Still want to be selected?

Here’s the form!

Competition is now closed. Many thanks to all who entered. Winners will be announced shortly!

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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