Equestrian training grants available for young riders

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Young riders planning a career in equestrianism are invited to put themselves forwards for training grants from the Hendelah Waley Equestrian Fund 2009.

A riding day will be held in Surrey on 9 November, where following an assessment by a committee, a total of £1,500 will be divided between up to three applicants to help them finance their plans.

The money awarded is not given directly to the riders, but is to be spent at recognised riding establishments.

Although the lower age limit is 18, there is no particular level of expertise that riders are required to have achieved, and candidates are simply meant to demonstrate a keenness to improve their equestrian knowledge.

Ann and Simon Waley set up the Equestrian Fund 20 years ago in memory of their daughter Hendelah Waley.

“Our daughter was only 17 when she died very tragically in an accident. One of her main interests in life was horses and riding — she had a horse and foal of her own,” explained Ann.

With the help of the BHS, the couple registered the Hendelah Waley Equestrian Fund as a charity, and have since awarded two or three training grants each year.

Last year, the riding day attracted a number of excellent riders and there were a record number of applicants for the fund.

For more information, email tudor.davies2@ntlworld.com or clare_chandler@btinternet.com.