Instructors who can’t afford to further their own training are being invited to apply for the Pat Smallwood Training Award.

This the 14th year of the award, which was set up in memory of Pat Smallwood, who among others helped in the training of leading event rider Richard Meade.

The award for this year is £700.

“It can be awarded to someone who has no formal qualifications, but they must be teaching one of the disciplines. And their entry form has to be signed by someone well-known in the horse world, ” says organiser, Barbara Slane-Fleming.

“Their application must state what they are going to use the money for and why they can’t afford to pay for it themselves.

“It must be something that will increase their skills as a trainer – not to improve their horse or riding.”

Anyone interested should write to Barbara Slane- Fleming for an application form at Cockhall Cottages, Eglingham, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2DN.

Entries should be in by 21October. The winner will be announced at the BHS Instructors’ convention at Gleneagles on 21 November.