Under-18 national eventing champion Eliza Stoddart has been named as a ‘Go Gold’ ambassador.

The Go Gold scheme recognises young talented sportsmen and women in the Leicestershire and Rutland region.

The fund supports athletes that are still in full-time education whilst showing potential for Olympic or Paralympic success.

Eliza has been selected for the BEF’s World Class Development Programme following a successful season last year, including her first 1* win at Glanusk International on Strike A Pose.

She was also part of the silver-medal-winning eventing team at the Pony Europeans in 2008 riding Killacorran Blue. Eliza herself finished 5th individually.

Eliza, 18 from Harbourgh in Leicestershire, joins 13 other top athletes from the region to be selected for this award.

In 2009/10 125 grants were awarded varying from £250 to £1000 across 38 sports.