Friday 22nd of October 2021

Jewel Johnson is awarded May’s NAF Shining Star

An integral member of the Hereford and Worcestershire Junior Academy, 12 year-old Jewel Johnson has had the honour of being awarded May’s NAF Shining Star. Against stiff competition with all British Showjumping Junior Academy Members eligible for nomination, Jewel shone through after displaying her perseverance for continued improvement.

Jewel was nominated for the award by Lead Coach Hannah Jackson:

“Jewel has proved to be a valuable member of the Junior Academy for the last two years and although she lives in Stoke, the family aim to get to as many training sessions as possible. Jewel has really progressed well and is a great member of the Academy Team. She started riding a new pony last year who has proved to be quite tricky, but she has persevered and is starting to gel with her new ride. She competed at the Academy show as a member of the team and jumped well, but her greatest achievement was at the Weston Lawns Pony Premier Show where she went straight in at the deep end to jump clear in her first 1.15m class. Jewel is so brave and quite a perfectionist, her hard work is now starting to pay off and hopefully they will both have a fantastic season together.”

Melissa Newman, NAF Brand Manager, commented:

“Jewel is quite clearly a very determined rider, travelling and working hard to succeed and gel with her pony. It can be beneficial to take risks in sport and this is very evident with Jewel and her bravery to debut at 1.15m! Well done on being this month’s Shining Star and we wish you and your pony a successful season.”

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.

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