Young equestrian star given funding boost

Grant winner Emma Broughton with Eland Lodge managing director John Coupland and award patron Sally Wood.Grant winner Emma Broughton with Eland Lodge managing director John Coupland and award patron Sally Wood.
Grant winner Emma Broughton with Eland Lodge managing director John Coupland and award patron Sally Wood.Grant winner Emma Broughton with Eland Lodge managing director John Coupland and award patron Sally Wood.

A young equestrian star from Belper has been awarded a development support grant from a leading Derbyshire horse-riding centre.

Emma Broughton, 14, has landed the Wood Grant for 2017 to help fund her progress in the sport.

Emma with her pony and team mate Mirah.

Emma with her pony and team mate Mirah.

The grant was established by senior rider and patron Sally Wood, in association with Eland Lodge riding centre in Asbourne, to help young people demonstrating exceptional commitment to riding.

Sally said: “It will be great to see Emma using the investment to develop herself and her pony Mirah towards their future goals.

“I believe that it’s not all about winning, it’s about trying hard and learning as much as you can, and I look forward to watching Emma and Mirah progress and enjoy themselves over the year.”

Emma, who attends Belper School and is a member of Meynell Hunt Pony Club, said: “Riding is my favourite thing in the whole world and I am determined to get better. I have never won anything like this before and am so excited to have been chosen.

“I am busy planning my training and competitions for this season and The Wood Development Grant will make a huge difference.”

She added: “It has boosted my confidence lots to think that others have seen something in me that they liked and want to help develop.”

Emma has been riding since the age of six and together with Mirah, an 11-year-old Connemara gelding, competes in dressage, show jumping and working hunter competitions.

She demonstrated her love of the sport and determination to improve to Sally through a video application and subsequent interview.

The team are gearing up their second year of eventing in 2017, and to celebrate her success, Emma was presented with a bag of Eland Lodge Equestrian goodies,a £250 gift card to be spent on facilities and clinics at the riding centre and a rosette sponsored by Showstoppers.

Sally said: “I chose to team up with Eland as they champion and support riders at grassroots level, I took up eventing a few years ago, and they have encouraged me all the way.”

For news on Emma and Mirah’s progress, follow Eland Lodge’s page at www.fb.me/ElandLodgeEquestrian.