Golden Spur Award 2017

"worth their weight in gold"


The Golden Spur was first awarded in 2004 and is a golden opportunity for ABRS proprietors to nominate an instructor who works in their yard.  The winning instructor will be able to demonstrate the ideal combination of enthusiasm, quality teaching and sound business sense as well being aware of the necessary issues of health and safety, child protection and have the ability to assess risk.  The standard of rider that is taught is immaterial - we are interested in the instructor's teaching ability and in keeping with the ABRS ethos this is an opportunity for a valued member of staff who may have no formal qualifications at all.

Nominations must be made by the ABRS proprietor or manager using the nomination form.  The open date for nominations is the 30th April 2017 and the closing date for nominations must be received by the ABRS Head Office will be 1st July 2017.

A panel of judges, including selected ABRS proprietors and the ABRS Chairman, will review all nominations received and shortlist five instructors to attend a final selection day on Monday, 31st July 2017 to be held at Witham Villa Riding Centre Ltd, Leicestershire, LE9 6PA with kind permission from Verity Saul, Proprietor.  These finalists will be assessed teaching a group lesson and an informal discussion on the workings of a commercial riding school and the role of an instructor.

The winning instructor will receive a trophy and a cash prize of £250 and the runner-up will receive a trophy and a cash prize of £150.  The nominating proprietor of the winning instructor will also receive a prize of £250This is an opportunity to acknowledge the value of a dedicated member of staff and a photo shoot and the resulting publicity could enhance the reputation of your school!

For a nomination form click HERE 


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