2024 Mentorship programme
You can now submit an application by completing the following online form:
THE ELLA POPELY AWARD
‘in the pursuit of sporting excellence’
To give an up and coming British Showjumping rider aged between 18 - 25 years old an opportunity to be mentored by one of the best riders in the world.
The award will be for a talented individual who is competing at 1.40 level who has also shown exceptional resilience and dedication in the pursuit of sporting excellence.
They will have shown themselves to:
- be a true sportsperson who represents the sport well at all levels
- be a team player who encourages others
- is focused on their riding without it being at the detriment to others
One person will be identified by the end of each year, from a panel of selectors, and be matched with a mentor who feels they can assist the individual to develop further in the sport.
From an initial one to two day mentoring, the mentor will commit to aligning with the rider from an advice and guidance perspective for the twelve month period.
2023 – Faye Sutton (mentor: Michael Whitaker)
2022 - Robert Murphy (mentor: Peter Charles MBE)
2020 - Millie Allen (mentor: Anthony Condon)
2019 - William Fletcher (mentor: Laura Kraut)
2018 - Jake Saywell (mentor: Lauren Hough)
FURTHER SELECTION & AWARD INFORMATION
The selection panel is comprised of:
SELECTION & ANNOUNCEMENT for 2024 Applicants
• The selected rider will be informed the first week in December 2023.
• Presentation to be at London International Horse Show December 2023.
Eligible riders who are currently members of British Showjumping are invited to apply for the 2024 mentorship by submitting an application form by 5pm on Thursday 30th November 2023.
Mentorship – Key Benefits in 2024
- 12 month mentorship
The mentorship will be specifically tailored to the Award Winner following an initial discussion
between the award winner and the mentor to ascertain the year’s objectives.
- 12 month British Showjumping membership for the winner and 1 horse registration
A free British Showjumping membership renewal for both the winner and one of their horses.
- Hickstead show credit package
One free stable at each of the three Hickstead shows over the season plus one annual riding
membership. If only one or two shows are contested, then the unused free stable can be
*Additional support over and above the mentorship may be available