Fifteen year old Nicole Newburn from Preston, Lancashire has become the NAF Shining Star for February 2018. Nicole has shown tremendous dedication as a member of the Lancashire Junior Academy since its launch three years ago and attends training on a regular basis. It is Nicole’s commitment and determination which has led to her successful nomination for the NAF Shining Star Award.
Having been put forward by Lancashire Junior Academy coach Andrew Millin, he gave this insight into Nicole’s nomination “She is a very dedicated rider who prides herself on her turnout, flat work and all round work ethic. She won the NAF 3* Pony Five Star Final in 2017 at the National Inter Academy Team Show at Weston Lawns Equitation Centre but unfortunately had a bad fall shortly afterwards which saw her out of action for a few months. However, she is now fit and well and looking forward to the 2018 season. Nicole shows great ability in the saddle having been partnered with at least five ponies throughout her British Showjumping career to date and it’s fair to say that her riding career is in great shape.”
Nicole is now moving into her fourth year as a British Showjumping member and in this time she has competed with much success over a wide range of National classes. The classes in which she has competed in so far include many qualifiers and Pony Second Rounds last year. Commenting on the award, Nicole had the following to say “I feel very proud of my achievements so far. After my fall last year, I have had quite a bit of time out of the saddle but with the support of my family and coaches I have overcome any hesitation I may have had to get back to riding and competing. Looking forward to the 2018 season, I have come back with more determination to improve and moving on to jumping bigger tracks.”
Branwen Griffin, from NAF, commented “Nicole’s dedication to her horses, the sport and the academy is admirable. It can be particularly tough to bounce back from a fall. Nicole’s resilience, commitment and strong work ethic make her a very deserving recipient of the NAF Shining Star. We can’t wait to see Nicole back the saddle defending her crown in 2018!”
Nicole will receive some NAF equine products to use alongside the NAF grooming products & treats that she currently uses.
The NAF Shining Star Award was introduced when NAF became a British Showjumping Business Partner. The award is for members of a Junior Academy who have shown a great deal of commitment, progression and outstanding behaviour along with their riding ability and much more. Riders are nominated by their lead coach, and then judged and awarded by NAF to one person each month.