Judges Carl Hester and Nicola Jourdain will assess six riders aged 18 to 25 riding horses provided by Talland.
All six finalists — Natalie Banks, 23, Richard Black, 24, Amy Blount, 20, Rachel Finan, 24, Laura Jarvis, 19, and Theresa Smyth, 24 — will receive training grants.
The judges will be looking for riders who are “evolving professionals”. The scheme has been developed in lieu of the former talent-spotting programme.
This article was first published in Horse & Hound (21 January, ’10)