Ella Popely Mentorship Award




‘in the pursuit of sporting excellence’


To give an up and coming British Showjumping rider aged between 18 - 25 years old an opportunity to be mentored by one of the best riders in the world.

The award will be for a talented individual who is competing at 1.40 level who has also shown exceptional resilience and dedication in the pursuit of sporting excellence.

They will have shown themselves to:
- be a true sportsman who represents the sport well at all levels
- be a team player who encourages others
- is focused on their riding without it being at the detriment to others

One person will be identified by the end of September each year, from a panel of selectors, and be matched with a mentor who feels they can assist the individual develop further in the sport. From an initial one to two day mentoring, the mentor will commit to aligning with the rider from an advice and guidance perspective for the twelve month period.

2018  -  Jake Saywell



Lea Popely
Clare Whitaker
Lauren Hough (2018 mentor)
Maria Haig

The selected rider will be informed by the end of September.
Presentation to be at Olympia (TBC)

Going forwarded, it is the intention, that the mentorship will establish itself as a pivotal mentorship that up-and-coming riders will aspire to being awarded. For 2019, it is anticipated that the mentorship will be open for eligible riders to apply for the mentorship with a ‘wish list’ of mentors.  This will allow for the mentorship to be open for all riders in addition for them hopefully being able to be matched with their mentor of choice.  

Further information on how to apply will be released during the summer of 2018 with a view for applications being submitted at the end of September 2018 for the 2019 mentorship.


Mentorship – Key Benefits (2018*)

- 12 month mentorship Lauren Hough
   The mentorship will be specifically tailored to the Award Winner following an initial discussion
   between the award winner and the mentor to ascertain the years objectives.

- 12 month British Showjumping membership for 1 horse & award winner
   A free British Showjumping membership renewal for both him/herself and one of their horses.

- Photo shoot with Daisy Bunn for PR purposes
  A photo shoot with highly respected photographer Daisy Bunn that can be used for PR activity.

- Feature in Showjumping Magazine announcing winner (Jan/Feb issue)
This will be a multi-page feature interview in the first issue of the year giving a lifestyle insight.

- Blog page in Showjumping Magazine
   Page throughout 2018 in additional issues of Showjumping for the winner to discuss specific
   competition and/or mentorship activity in addition to highlighting mentor sponsor activity.

- Media & PR Support.
  Ongoing relationship with the Communications Team at British Showjumping

- NAF product package alignment
  NAF will support the award with a product based sponsorship designed specifically for the award

   winners needs.  It is not compulsory for the award winner to utilise this support if they are aligned
   with another brand product, however NAF will continue to be aligned with the mentorship
   in terms of PR.

- Hickstead show credit package
   One free stable at each of the three Hickstead shows over the season plus one annual riding
   membership.  If only one or two shows are contested, then the unused free stable can be
   transferred across

- Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Mentorship and Veterinary Product support
 Boehringer Ingelheim wish to offer a veterinary mentorship by giving them access to leaders within
   the field across all areas of equine care.  They will explore the opportunity of working alongside the
   award winners own veterinary care team as to whether they are able to offer additional veterinary
   product support.

Worshipful Company of Master Saddlers
    The sponsorship of an individually hand crafted saddle designed specifically for the award winner
     to fit a horse of their choice will be manufactured and presented to the Award Winner from one
     of the Worshipful Company of Master Saddlers recognised Master Saddlers.

     It is anticipated that the fitting and initial fitting will take place in the Spring of 2018.

*Additional support over and above the mentorship may change year-on-year depending on sponsors aligned with the award.