International showjumper Matthew Sampson, who made the headlines recently for “singing his way” into an invitation to compete at Bolesworth and who won Hickstead’s Speed Derby last month, has always been a great supporter of Stubbing Court Training Ltd (SCT)’s equine apprenticeship programme, and is currently employing two SCT apprentices at his own yard.
His second SCT Masterclass of the year, at Parklands EC near Sheffield on 14 July, was another “hit”. He taught 10 groups of SCT apprentices and employers of varying standards and experience, and every single one finished with broad smiles.
Sampson also judged the final of SCT’s Apprentice of the Year competition. The winner was Kirsty Young, who works for showjumping breeders and producers HK Horses in Wetherby. Despite only being 17, Kirsty has groomed for HK Horses’ Morgan Kent and Richard Howley on the Sunshine Tour, the Costa Del Sol Tour and at Nations Cup in Europe.
Morgan Kent said:
“I’m delighted that Kirsty is SCT’s Apprentice of the Year; she has come so far in the 10 months she has been with us. Well done Kirsty, top job! And I cannot recommend SCT as a training provider highly enough.”
Kirsty received clothing from Thomas Irving Equestrian Superstore, a 12-month subscription to Equestrian Life and a £100 cash bonus.
“It was another great day working with the Stubbing Court Training Ltd team. It’s brilliant to see all the riders enjoying their day and improving. The SCT scheme is a wonderful opportunity for young, enthusiastic equestrians to further their careers, and I cannot recommend SCT more highly.”
SCT is Britain’s leading provider of apprentices to the equestrian industry. The apprenticeship scheme offers young people the chance to learn in a hands-on, constructive way while gaining a valuable qualification – and earning a wage. SCT’s outstanding contacts within the industry mean that their apprentices and employers gain unique access to training with the best riders and coaches, which is both inspirational and encourages higher and higher standards.