A young horserider is one of only nine women in the UK to have received a brand new instructor scholarship.
Jessica Thomas, aged 21, received the British Horse Society (BHS) instructor scholarship, which has been allocated £250,000 by the society, to make the equestrian industry more accessible.
Ms Thomas, originally from the Conwy Valley, has been riding since she was seven and will complete her scholarship at the Aberconwy Equestrian Centre, near Llandudno.
The BHS will support the costs of Jessica’s training, examinations and her first year as an Accredited Professional coach.
She said: “The scholarship is important to me as I feel it will be a great help in achieving my personal ambitions. It will give me the opportunity to have more training at the centre and at other riding centres.”
BHS chief executive Lynn Petersen said: “Education is at the heart of The British Horse Society. As more and more people turn to riding as a leisure persuit, we want to make sure they have access to the best instruction. Learning to ride properly is vital for the welfare of the horse while making sure the rider is safe and having fun. The BHS is commited to providing BHS qualified instructors for all riders, so we are delighted to be making this investment in the education of our future instructors.”
To benefit from this opportunity visit bhs.org.uk/scholarships for more information.