Eventer wins new saddle in fundraising promo

A Sue Carson dressage saddle.
A Sue Carson dressage saddle.

A young British equestrian has won a new saddle in a fund-raising prize draw run by British Eventing.

Sarah Tate, 19, from Northallerton in North Yorkshire, won the new saddle from Sue Carson Saddles in the promotion this season, which raised funds for BE’s Under 18 Regional Training programme.

BE ran the draw from its trade stand at Bramham, Land Rover Burghley and the Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials. Entry was open to anyone and the winner of the prize saddle, provided by Sue Carson Saddles, was announced after the draw at the KBIS Festival of Youth.

Tate, who has just finished her equestrian studies at Askham Bryan College, now works for Sue Soley’s Ramscove Eventing yard alongside helping her mother at home with their home-bred horses. Tate competes her bay mare Clorogue Pride and particularly enjoys taking part in dressage competitions with Northallerton Riding Club.

She has chosen one of the Sue Carson Saddles dressage saddles as her prize.

“I was in such shock when I got the call saying I had won the saddle! I entered the prize draw at Bramham and just kept my fingers crossed but never imagined I would win it. I just could not stop smiling! I have been borrowing my Mum’s dressage saddle because I couldn’t afford my own so this is incredibly good luck,” Tate said of her win.

BE’s Chief Executive Mike Etherington-Smith said the funds raised by the prize draw would go towards training for the under-18 programme “to develop and support eventers of the future”.




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