Laura, who has ridden since she was 8 years old, focusing on eventing up until 2012 and then moving on to dressage following a rotational fall and injury said:
“Winning the KBIS instructor of the year has been a huge shock. I was grateful and humbled when I found out that Helena had nominated me, and thought nothing more of it. When the top 10 went up I was surprised to see my name on the list with so many other brilliant instructors who have a huge following and large client base… and then when I saw I won… well words escaped me! So thrilled but still so shocked. It’s nice to feel appreciated and know that my efforts and commitment to the sport and the teaching of others has been recognised. I may not have the quantity of clients but I work on the quality of their work. Winning has boosted my confidence and inspired me to focus more on teaching knowing that people believe in my ability and way of teaching. This year I am planning to start some clinics and go back to teaching at Pony Club. I need to give a massive thanks to Helena for nominating me in the first place. She is a huge credit to herself; and together we can continue her success in 2017.”
We are very pleased to be awarding our winner with a 12 month instructors liability insurance policy and Continued Professional Development training courtesy of David Sheerin and Wellington Riding School.
Congratulations must also go to Russell Cooper and Tahley Reeve Smith who fought off tough competition to take the runners up spots.