A HUNDLEBY equestrianist has appealed for sponsors to come forward as she looks to build upon her career.
Sian Lovatt, 20, has been riding since she was six and began to compete with a show pony at county level when she was just 12.
A jumping accident when she was 13 set her back several years as she battled with her confidence in the wake of the incident.
But by the time she was 17 she was desperate to get back in the saddle and began working towards her dressage.
“From then on I have not looked back,” said Sian, “And in the past two years, me and my horse ‘Billy the Kid!’ (Caesar to his friends) have gone from strength to strength.
“We took third out of 21 competitors at the Royal London Show in September after beating some fantastic horses.
“And we have gone from only doing Prelim Dressage tests to gaining 68% in our first ever Elementary test, where we won the class!
“Our average percentage for Prelim and novice tests are now 74% and Elementary at 68%.
“I combine my time riding with work towards my BA Hons Journalism degree at De Montfort University in Leicester where I am also the Equestrian teams Chairperson and A Team Captain.
“When I first took over as Chairperson the team had won nothing, but since I have been in control we have won one of the most prestigious events for the university in 2011 - Varsity.
“I am aiming for BYRDS in 2012 and am hopefully going to their team selections in February.
“I am also aiming for the Veteran of Great Britain finals at Olympia in December 2012 in showing with Billy the Kid.
“I am really looking forward to the 2012 season. Everything lately has just seemed to fit together, and there has been no stopping Billy the Kid in competitions in 2011, so it seems the right step to aim for both BYRDS and Olympia,” she added.
However, to achieve her goals Sian is on the lookout for sponsors for some of her classes and equipment.
“We wouldn’t ask a lot, just some back up from businesses if we need it,” she said.
Sian added that sponsors would enjoy free advertising on two websites, and on horse equipment that she wears at competitions.
Sponsors would also receive advertising in the arena and livery yard at the Hundleby Riding Centre. Sian also has a monthly column in an equestrian magazine, and could mention sponsors in that should they wish.
For more information call Sian on 07584 047340, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website at www.slequestrianandjournalism.co.uk
The Livery yard also has a website at www.hundleby-equestrian.webs.com.