Alexander Whewall wins 2016 Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship | An Eventful Life

Alexander Whewall wins 2016 Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship

      Alexander Whewall at Barbury International 2016

 

Watch Alexander and W. Iridium ride the cross country at Belton Park International 2016 here

 

Alexander Whewall has been announced as the 2016/17 winner of the Mark Todd Bridging the Gap Scholarship.

The scholarship, part of the MTBTG programme and sponsored by The Mark Todd Collection and Keyflow Feeds, has been specifically designed to support British eventing riders aiming to move into Advanced/2* as well as those working to a more established 3* level.

28 year old Alexander, a full time event rider impressed judges Sir Mark Todd, Gill Watson and Lizzel Winter to secure the training and support package after what has been a successful season for the Bristol based competitor. Winner of the prestigious Smith & Williamson Intermediate Championship this year on Miss Lisa Coward’s 10 year old gelding Chakiris Star, Whewall has also notched up 10 top 20 placings at international competitions in 2016, including 10th place at the St. James’s Place Barbury International Horse Trials CIC3*.

Now in its fourth year, previous title holders include Franky Reid-Warrilow, CIC2* European gold medallist, Zoe Wilkinson - who was on the same European silver medal winning team in 2015 - and 2016 Belton Park International CIC2* winner Tim Cheffings. Alexander will now join them in receiving a generous prize package that includes:

  • Three individual training sessions plus mentoring from the legendary Sir Mark Todd
  • A year’s worth of Mark Todd Keyflow Feed for one horse to the value of £1500 plus nutritional advice
  • Clothing, tack and horse-wear from the Mark Todd Collection to the value of £1500

Alicia Hawker, 22 from Wiltshire, and Kent’s Rose Carnegie, 26, took second and third spots respectively, receiving BE training vouchers, while all six finalists were presented with a rug, jacket and saddle pad from The Mark Todd Collection.