The standard of young riders in Britain is booming — that’s the verdict after the judging of the Dodson & Horrell (D&H)/H&H young rider bursary.

And the quality of entries was so strong that judges Richard Davison and D&H technical director Chris Gordon decided to pick two winners — eventers Millie Dumas and Olivia Deane, both 17.

Mr Gordon said: “The standard of the final six was exceptional, but we felt Millie and Olivia were two deserving riders at different stages in their competitive career.”

H&H columnist Richard added: “My overall impression after viewing the entries is that Team GB is in safe hands with some of these guys as our future riders.”

Millie and Olivia will receive a year’s supply of feed from D&H, plus home visits from a nutritionist, a year’s subscription to H&H and a one-to-one training session on their horse with a D&H-sponsored rider, which will feature in a future issue of H&H.

Watch videos of Millie, Olivia and the other finalists — Jessica Lewis, Oli Lawrence, Becci Harold and Amber Woodhouse — in action

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (26 August, ’10)