Entries are now open for the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship which will see one lucky event rider win training and mentoring from Sir Mark Todd, plus £3,000 worth of product sponsorship from the Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow Feeds; a scholarship package that will run throughout 2016.
The competition is open to riders that have attended at least one of the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap (MTBTG) ridden training sessions that British Eventing are running throughout the 2015 season. The initiative provides training opportunities for riders aiming to move into Advanced or 2* competition, or who are working towards a more established 3* level.
The brainchild of renowned BE Coach, Gill Watson MBE FBHS, the MTBTG training programme (which also includes free course walks at key events) has become hugely popular since its launch in 2013 to the extent that, where possible, Gill and fellow coach, Lizzel Winter FBHS, run extra days to accommodate numbers.
Mark Todd’s involvement came along with title sponsorship from his branded products: the Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow Feeds. Previous MTBTG Scholars include Franky Reid-Warrilow, who has made the step up to 3* and notched up a couple of notable 2* wins, and last year’s winner, Zoe Wilkinson, who aims to complete her first 3* this season.
Entries for the Mark Todd Scholarship close on Thursday 10th September, with six riders going forward to the finals at the end of the month, at which time the winner will be chosen by a judging panel made up of Sir Mark Todd, Gill Watson, Lizzel Winter and representatives from the Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow Feeds. Entries from those attending MTBTG Training on 23rd September will also be considered.
Further information on the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Training Scheme can be found in the training section of the British Eventing website, while entries can be submitted via keyflowfeeds.com/mtbtg