UK-based Kiwi eventer Mark Todd is to again sponsor a British Eventing programme for riders who are working towards advanced level.
Following a successful launch year in 2013, British Eventing has welcomed Keyflow and The Mark Todd Collection back as title sponsors of the BE Mark Todd Bridging the Gap (MTBTG) training programme for 2014.
The initiative aims to ‘Bridge The Gap’ between riders under 21 years old and those moving towards two star/advanced level, providing coaching support to those who fall outside of these categories and help them to move forward. The series includes training around the UK with accredited coaches Gill Watson and Lizzel Winter, along with course walks at specific two star, advanced and three star level events.
In addition to supporting MTBTG training series in 2013, a MTBTG Scholarship package is also being provided for a rider this year. The scholarship package includes three individual training sessions and mentoring from Todd, a year’s worth of Keyflow feed and nutritional advice plus clothing, tack and horse-wear from the Mark Todd Collection.
The inaugural scholarship was won by 24 year old Powys based rider Franky Reid-Warrilow. Franky commented on the support she has received since winning the scholarship in October 2013: “I am so excited about the year ahead, especially since I have now booked my first training session with Mark at the end of February. That alone has already given me an incredible amount of drive to be a lot more organised in my training to get the most out of my time with him.
“Having the support from the Keyflow has also made a huge difference, not only financially but it was really helpful to review how I feed my horses as well as get some expert nutritional advice. On top of this, I have had a lovely time kitting myself and the horses out with the Mark Todd Collection – my most loved item currently being the fleece lined waterproof breeches!”