Ellena was nominated for the award by Lead Coach Christine Shubrook;
“Ellena was consistent with her training through the winter, showing a really good attitude and achieving her NAF Stars on the training programme. This effort is really paying off as she is showing improvement in her riding and overall horsemanship. Really well done!”
Joining British Showjumping in 2015 after realising her passion for showjumping as a member of The Pony Club, Ellena and her pony, Sparky, have come on in leaps and bounds and are now making the step up to Pony Newcomers. Upon finding out about the award, an excited Ellena said;
“It is really amazing to get this award! Sparky and I are still a new combination and are only just starting our journey together so it is great to have the support of the academy coaches in helping us meet our goals. I have met so many friends in the academy and it is always great to catch up with them at shows and cheer each other on; it really creates a fantastic atmosphere. I love the challenge of showjumping as every show is different. I am really pleased and will hopefully continue to improve with the help of the academy!”
Melissa Newman, NAF Brand Manager, commented;
“Ellena has shown that she is a deserving recipient of the NAF Shining Star. Winter is a particularly tough time when it comes to caring for horses and keeping them in tip top condition with training so it is great to see that she stayed dedicated through those months! A strong work ethic is key to being successful in sport which is clearly paying off. Well done Ellena!”
Ellena will kindly receive some NAF equine products to use alongside the supplements that she currently uses, which include GastriAid and NAF Off Deet Power Performance.
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.