Fifteen year old Megan Newsham from Market Rasen in Lincolnshire has been awarded the NAF Shining Star for September. Joanne Burns Firth, Lead Coach for the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Academy recognised Megan’s ongoing enthusiasm towards the Academy and subsequently nominated her for the award.
“Megan is such an enthusiastic member of the Academy; she is always on hand to help out even when she has finished riding for the day. Megan took part in the Junior Academy Championships last month at Stoneleigh where she was a member of our 90cm team. They produced a good result and had the most amazing team spirit for the duration of the show.” said Joanne. “Megan is always happy and is a pleasure to have around.”
After finding out she was the NAF Shining Star winner for September, Megan said “I was really happy just to be nominated for the award so when I found out I had won I was very surprised. I love being part of the academy because we get so much out of it, from the training to the National Academy Team events, camps and all the extra bits that go with it.
“The level of training is fabulous and it’s really good that you can share it all with your friends and cheer each other along. The support you get is amazing and it’s an experience that I’ll never forget. I’m hoping to carry on with my showjumping for the rest of the year along with some combined training and cross country.”
Lisa Field from NAF commented “Congratulations to Megan, this month’s Shining Star! Megan sounds like a great member of the academy, hardworking and full of enthusiasm. She sounds a real pleasure to be around and a great asset to the academy team. Well done, we wish you all the best for the future!”
Megan will receive a number of NAF equine products to use alongside the products she is already using which include a range of shampoo’s such as Pimp My Pony as well as NAF’s Pink Powder, Hoof Moist and Leather Soft Soap.
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.