The British Dressage Young Professionals Award

We are very proud to announce that Theresa Smyth (who normally rides Holme Grove Bernini won the Final and Natalie (who normally rides Holme Park Kalibre) were 3rd. - Many congratulations to both girls for this fabulous achievement!  These two riders qualified on their Holme Trakehners but the final was assessing their riding ability riding Talland's horses.

see email from Pam (Natalie's Mum) 15th February 2010

"Dear Susan

Just to let you know that Natalie came 3rd today and is absolutely delighted!  

Carl Hester signed his book for her  and wrote 'congratulations you nearly won, love from Carl'.

 The first two are working full time for top riders, and Nat is still at uni, so not bad for someone doing their finals this year!

 Your other Holme Grove rider, Theresa was the deserved winner - way to go Holme Grove and Park riders!!!!

 Best wishes Pam x "

Follow the link above for full details on the British Dressage Website of the British Dressage Young Professionals Award .  Also see December 2009 issue of British Dressage Magazine page 16.

2 of the 6 finalists are riding Holme Trakehners!

Natalie Banks (23) a freelance dressage trainer, teaching around 30 clients on a regular basis. Natalie is currently running her parentsí yard and is in the final year studying for a BA Honours Degree in Marketing. She trains with Jill Day and Daniel Greenwood and has represented GB at Roosendaal, Saumur, Soley and Addington CDIJs being placed in the top ten at each.  Natalie rides Holme Park Kalibre who is by Holme Grove Solomon out of Holme Park Kremona and is full brother to Graded Stallion Holme Park Krug and the 2009 Champion of the mare grading Holme Park Kashmir

Theresa Smyth (24) works as Assistant Rider for Peter Storr where her duties include sole responsibility of training Peterís horses in his absence. Theresa aims to train and compete horses at grand prix level and would also eventually like to become a listed dressage judge.  Theresa is riding Holme Grove Bernini by Holme Grove Prokofiev out of Holme Grove Ballerina who is owned by Penny Pollard.

The final will be hosted by Pammy Hutton and will be held on Monday 15 February 2010 at The Talland School of Equitation, Cirencester. The riders will ride a variety of unknown horses and be involved in discussion on future aims and plans. The judges will be Carl Hester and Nicola Jourdain. All six will receive generous training grants and the winner will receive a valuable package of benefits that will be dispersed over the following 12 months.