Abbie starts season in Blaze of glory
PUBLISHED: 09:00 06 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 15 June 2010
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Young rider Abbie Hughes from Colyton has had a rewarding week. She secured further sponsorship from Blaze clothing having been one of six riders selected for a 'Blaze Academy' training bursary.
Young rider Abbie Hughes from Colyton has had a rewarding week. She secured further sponsorship from Blaze clothing having been one of six riders selected for a 'Blaze Academy' training bursary after being put through her paces with 12 finalists at Patchetts in Hertfordshire.Over 3,000 riders applied for the academy chance from the sports of dressage, showjumping and eventing. Abbie said: "The selection day was packed with advice and training. I had two advanced riders in my section (eventing) so I honestly didn't think I had a chance. I rode Peter Appleford and John Bevan's Leacourt Pippin and the horse was amazing. I was thrilled when they called my name." Gary Yates from Blaze said: "All the girls made a huge effort and each one shows extreme talent and ambition."Back in competition, Leacourt Touch and Go - owned by John Bevan and Peter Appleford - won a medium test and was second in his first advanced medium held at The Hand Equestrian Centre, Bristol, at a British Dressage competition.Abbie added: "I was thrilled looking at the competition at the show - it looked like it was going to be quite tough. But Tom outshone the other horses and was a pleasure to ride - he definitely prefers the harder tests and I will be aiming him for young rider trials later on this year."Abbie and her team also took a lorry full of five horses to Bicton for an unaffiliated riding club competition."They were all young horses and for two of them their first ever competition. All were placed in the top five in each of the classes including three wins and two seconds. I am so excited about the future."My continued support from sponsors is absolutely fantastic - I am lucky to work with them and have them as part of the team: Livery Dole, Exeter, Dave Selway Construction, Rockfish Riders, Beviss and Beckingsale solicitors, Hair by John and now Blaze clothing.""Without their support it would not be possible to achieve my goals." l Abbie is pictured left on Leacourt Touch and Go.