Gosberton Risegate riding instructor spurred on by national award hope

Alicia Horton has been shortlisted for an award.
Alicia Horton has been shortlisted for an award.
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A riding instructor from Gosberton Risegate has been spurred on after being shortlisted for a national award.

Alicia Horton (24) is one of five instructors to have made it to the national final of the Associated British Riding Schools’ Golden Spur Award, which tests instructors on teaching and business skills.

Miss Horton has taught at Four Winds Equestrian Centre, in Leaveslake Drove, West Pinchbeck, for several years, helping people of all ages and abilities to ride.

She had no idea that centre owner Paul Leverton had nominated her for the award until the final contestants were announced on Thursday, July 21.

Miss Horton said: “It was a real shock to see I had been put through for this prestigious national award but also an immense honour.

“I often say that I have the best job in the world but to be able to have national recognition would be the cherry on the cake.”

Miss Horton will be heading to Witham Villa Riding Centre in Leicester on Monday, August 8, for the award’s final assessment.

During the day she will be put through her paces by teaching a group and private lessons along with a discussion section.

Miss Horton says she hopes to “do everyone proud”.