Following many high profiles successes in British Eventing Pony and Junior competitions, 18-year-old Alicia Hawker has moved up to Young Rider classes this season and her commitment to Sue Carson Saddles since 2007 has earned her a well-deserved sponsorship from Sue Carson Saddles Distributor Becky Whitcombe.
Alicia was long-listed for the GB Junior European Eventing Team in 2011 and selected as first reserve for the team in 2012. Last winter, she was one of only 14 riders to benefit from Young Rider Winter ‘A’ squad training. She says; “My aim this season is to competed at the Young Rider European Championships and move up to Advanced level. I was double clear at my first 2* competition last season and have achieved four top-10 placing at national championships in the last two years, including Reserve National U18 Champion.”
Previously invited onto the British Equestrian Federation Excel Talent programme and the Talented Athlete Sponsorship Scheme (TASS), Alicia took part in the final viewing for the World Class Performance Programme earlier this year and as more of her horses progress up the grades, is recognised as a talented rider with the potential to represent Great Britain at International level.
Based near Badminton in Gloucestershire, Alicia first met Becky Whitcombe in 2007, when she fitted her pony trial pony with a Sue Carson Saddle. Alicia says; I’d tried numerous other makes of saddle with no success and since that day I have only ever bought Sue Carson Saddles and recommend them to my friends. I am delighted to be working with the company and looking forward to a very successful season.”
Becky Whitcombe’s involvement with eventing includes being an FEI dressage judge and she explains; “Alicia is talented, hardworking and committed and I think she will be a tremendous ambassador for the Sue Carson Saddles brand and we will give her all the help we can.”