Saturday 8th of May 2021

Pinegar is crowned SCT Apprentice of the Year

Stubbing Court Training Ltd (SCT)’s Apprentice of the Year Award was, appropriately enough, presented to Chloe Pinegar on the day her employer, international showjumper Matthew Sampson, gave an exclusive masterclass for SCT at Parklands EC, Sheffield.

Chloe Pinegar receiving her award from Matthew Sampson.

SCT, Britain’s leading provider of apprentices to the equestrian industry, uses its incredible network of contacts in the horse world to provide young people with the best possible chance of a successful career within the industry, and also with fantastic, inspiring perks such as its Masterclass Series with the very best riders and coaches. Matthew, who won the Speed Derby at Hickstead for the second time this year, and also took this year’s prestigious Hamburg Derby, has worked with SCT for many years and Chloe is undertaking an Advanced Apprenticeship at his Yorkshire yard.

Ten groups of SCT’s apprentices and employers benefited from Matthew’s expert knowledge and horsemanship at Parklands EC on 20 July.

“There was huge improvement in every rider and every horse as a result of Matthew’s instruction,” commented one attendee.

Another said: “He is an excellent trainer and world class rider; it’s a great privilege for apprentices and employers to be trained by the Hamburg Derby winner as a reward for being involved in the SCT Apprenticeship programme.”

Chloe has groomed for Matthew at numerous international shows, including Hickstead, and a seven-week stint on the Spanish Sunshine Tour, and Matthew let her ride his Speed Derby winner, Topflight True Carlo, in her masterclass group at Parklands.

After being named SCT Apprentice of the Year, Chloe was presented with £100 by Lycetts Insurance, a jacket provided by Thomas Irving Equestrian Superstone, and a 12 month subscription to Equestrian Life.

She said: “My apprenticeship has been great fun, really enjoyable and has offered fantastic opportunities to learn from brilliant people. I am so lucky to be getting experience in a very good industry at the top level, and to be so well supported by SCT along the way.”

Anna Goodley of Lycetts said: “Lycetts are delighted to support the Stubbing Court Training Ltd Apprentice of the Year Award, and congratulate Chloe Pinegar on her win. It is so important to employ and retain good people in the equine industry, and initiatives such as the Apprentice of the Year are worthy achievements at the outset of a person’s career.”

SCT’s equine apprenticeships allow young people to earn a wage and gain valuable qualifications while learning from excellent professionals, giving them the best possible start to working life. It provides all-round support and advice to both apprentices and employers and, through its superb network of contacts within the horse world, is perfectly suited to fit the right person to the right set-up.

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