Isabelle Taylor has won the 2001 Armathwaite Hall Rider of the Future training scholarship, worth £2,000

Young eventer rider, 18-year-old Isabelle Taylor, has won the 2001 Armathwaite Hall Rider of the Future Scholarship, which provides £2,000 to be spent on training during the forthcoming season.

Isabella has enjoyed a successful 2001 season including a win at the Great Witchingham Junior Novice Two Day and a top 20 placing at Blair Castle CCI*.

Isabella, who said she was shocked and delighted to have been chosen, said she would like to train with Yogi Breisner and Lucinda Green.

“I’d already turned down a place at university to continue eventing and am going to Holland until the end of the year to train with my aunt Anneli Drummond-Hay. The scholarship will mean I’ll be more able to compete at a higher level and train more frequently than I had ever thought would be possible.”

A love of the sport runs throughout the Taylor family with Isabella’s grandmother Jane Whiteley having competed at Badminton 50 years ago, as well as being a long time supporter of junior and young rider eventing.

Isabelle’s prize will also include a long weekend at a professional event rider’s yard, where the emphasis will be ‘hands-on’ stable and horse management, plus advice on running a professional eventing yard.

Isabelle is the third recipient of the scholarship, which was launched in 1999.