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 October 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.

2020 - Millie Allen (mentor: Anthony Condon)
2019  -  William Fletcher (mentor: Laura Kraut)
2018  -  Jake Saywell (mentor: Lauren Hough)


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

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

Eligible riders who are currently members of British Showjumping are invited to apply for the 2020 mentorship by submitting an application form by Friday 25th October 2019. The primary benefits offered to the successful rider remain unchanged to those of this years, however please note that there may be a slight change to some of the secondary sponsored benefits. Any changes will be confirmed with the successful applicant prior to the mentorship being awarded.  

The application form can be found here and an electronic copy can be emailed to you upon request by emailing press@britishshowjumping.co.uk.


Mentorship – Key Benefits (2020)

- 12 month mentorship 
   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 2020 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

- 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.

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