BD names Young Professional

By: Horse Deals

BD names Young Professional
BD names Young Professional
Twenty-five-year-old Theresa Smyth is the winner of the first British Dressage Young Professionals’ Award, after beating five other finalists at Talland EC.

Theresa from Moreton in Marsh, Glos, was announced the winner of the prestigious title, scooping a cash prize of £4,000.

Judges Carl Hester and Nicola Jourdain chose their winner as the person they felt showed the most thorough skills as a young professional, demonstrating commitment, talent and aspiration. Each candidate was required to discuss a business plan, encouraging them to think practically about their career path in the dressage industry, as well as riding and teaching a variety of horses.

"I was so surprised to win, I haven’t got over it yet" said Theresa, who currently works as assistant rider for Peter Storr. "It was pretty nerve-wracking as the build-up has been huge but really interesting too. I knew I was as prepared as I could be and my owners and everyone have been fantastic especially Penny Pollard.

"I love teaching and we were lucky to have really good quality horses and riders to work with. I was a student at Talland for quite a while and taught a lot, it’s where I really learnt to communicate and express myself, it was the perfect grounding. I’ve built on this knowledge at Peter’s and really feel like I’m starting to make progress in my career now. It’s very exciting!"

Second placed Richard Black and Third placed Natalie Banks will also receive contributions of £2000 and £1000 respectively towards their chosen paths.

Final results
1st Theresa Smyth
2nd Richard Black
3rd Natalie Banks

Runners-up :
Amy Blount
Rachel Finan
Laura Jarvis