Ben Newman of Swindon riding his horse Brynoer Midnight has been crowned the winner of the 2017 EquiFeast Development Bursary, in association with Calmsden Horse Trials.
Ben and his black gelding are a fairly new pair when it comes to eventing, however they have taken to it like ducks to water. Having competed in the BE80 at Calmsden Horse Trials back in July, the pair completed their second BE90 at Calmsden Horse Trials at the weekend coming in a highly respectable 12th place.
With over 100 applications, four horse and rider combinations were shortlisted as finalists for the EquiFeast Development Bursary, all of which received tailored feed programmes and tuition to help boost their performances. The three other finalists include Jessica Clews riding her horse Steely John, Jenny Hampshire riding her horse Mr Muscle and Jo Reynolds riding her horse Mister Ballinvella.
The EquiFeast Development Bursary was initially founded in 2016 with the aim of helping to support and develop horse and rider combinations that were competing at BE events, specifically both Calmsden Horse Trials events throughout the year.
The support on offer was to provide the Bursary horses a full nutritional analysis resulting in free feed and supplements tailored to their specific requirements. While the Bursary riders were provided with coaching by 3* event rider Cassie Price.
The teams at both EquiFeast and Calmsden Horse Trials would like to congratulate Ben and the other finalists in their successes and look forward to seeing them compete next season.