An amateur rider from Northamptonshire has specured sponsorship from an equine feed company.
Tam Thompson, 43, from Kislingbury, is a very enthusiastic committee member of the Cherwell Valley Riding Club and her horse, Beau, is a 15.2hh Irish Draught crossbred, age 18.
Tam describes him as being “very grumpy and loathing kisses, but once tacked up, will do anything you ask of him!”.
As well as being a member of the Cherwell Valley Riding Club Quadrille team, the pair enjoy a variety of disciplines including dressage, side-saddle and have just started show-jumping.
She has now been sponsored by Mollichaff, which is owned by HorseHage.
The company ran a national search for an amateur rider to support for one year. The support includes a training bursary, Mollichaff product and Mollichaff-branded clothing, saddlecloth and rug as well as a regular ‘blog-spot’ on the Horsehage website.
Chris Tar, of HorseHage, said: “Tam is the first rider to be sponsored by Mollichaff and we wanted to provide an opportunity to an amateur rider as we already support several professionals through the Team HorseHage sponsorships.
“We look forward to working with her and following her progress over the next 12 months.”
Tam said: “I am so thrilled to have this opportunity and I am hoping that the extra training through the bursary will help me to improve my riding and my confidence, so I can do Beau justice.”