Alison Barton wins Equiport young rider sponsorship competition

Young showjumper Alison Barton will receive £8,000 worth of equipment after winning Equiport’s young rider sponsorship competition.

Eighteen-year-old Alison has received a full set of Equiport products, including personalised rugs, saddle cloths, made-to-measure show jackets and stable accessories — plus £1,000 towards entry fees.

Alison Barton, who lives near Bradford in West Yorkshire, was selected as member of the World Class pre-start programme in January.

She was a member of the team at the Junior European Championships in 2009 — where the team finished fourth.

Her plans for 2011 include contesting the Wales and West young rider trials with top ride Verlindo, and she hopes to be selected for a young rider nations cup team.

Alison described her win as “amazing”.

“I’m so lucky. I think the sponsorship will definitely make a huge difference to my performance this year,” she said.

Equiport director, Ashley Gaynon, added: “Alison is a rising star, and we are delighted to be backing her with sponsorship — we hope it’s a huge help to her.”

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