Following the close of the 2018 eventing season, we are delighted to announce that Adele Fowler has been drawn as the inaugural winner of the BE80(T) Virbac 3D Worming Training and Technical Merit Bursary. Adelle will take home a fantastic £500 to spend on training with British Eventing courtesy of sponsors Virbac 3D Worming.
Aiming to reward riders with accurate cross country riding, the Technical Merit was awarded to BE80(T) riders across the season who attained both a double clear and finished their cross country closest to the optimum time. A total of 197 Merits were given across the 80 or so events hosting BE80(T) classes, and all of the winners were entered into a prize draw to win a fantastic £500 training bursary.
Adele won her Technical Merit on her horse The Artist’s Lady at Chilham Castle (2) in July of this year, achieving a double clear and being the closest to the optimum time in their section. Speaking about the win, Adele said “I have had so much fun at BE80(T). Having experienced support in the form of the trainers and course walks does give me a little more confidence at events, especially if it is a new venue for us. It has taken Lady and I a while to gain confidence eventing, and have found the events to be such a supportive environment from the organisers to fellow competitors. This bursary will allow us continue on our journey and roll on BE90 in 2019!”
Rosie Naylor, Equine Technical Product Manager at Virbac UK said “It has been very rewarding to see so many riders taking part in the BE80(T) series this year and benefitting from the support of the Virbac 3D Worming BE80(T) coaches. We wish Adele many congratulations on winning this fantastic prize and look forward to watching the progress that she makes with the extra coaching that the training bursary will provide.”
A special mention must go to 12-year old Sean Duffy for being the only rider to have achieved a Technical Merit three times in the 2018 season, winning his Merits on his pony, Tom’s Sister, at Borde Hill (1), Chilham Castle (1) and Kelsall Hill (2). For his achievement he receives a special prize of a rug and a certificate, kindly supplied by Virbac 3D Worming. His mum, Emma Duffy, said “We have had so much fun this season in the BE80(T) series. The trainers on hand have given great advice and everyone has been very welcoming and supportive, and the Virbac 3D Worming Technical Merit awards are a lovely way to recognise the achievements of competitors at this level. Sean hasn't once worn a watch as I think it's important to learn feel and respond to the horses way of going, so to have been so close to the optimum time on three separate occasions at three different venues is something that, as his Mum, I am rather proud of!”
Find out more about the 2018 Virbac 3D Worming Technical Merit and the riders who were awarded it HERE.
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