Leeds West Academy

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A Leeds West Academy student has recently achieved the Gold Level of the Young Equestrian Leaders Award. The awards are organised by the British Equestrian Federation through the Riding for the Disabled Association and is for young people aged between 13 and 25. Chloe is one of the youngest recipients of the Gold Level award which was only achieved by four people last year, all of whom were much older than herself.

To achieve the Gold Level award, Chloe has volunteered for over 260 hours during a period of 32 weeks with a British Horse Society Riding School, a Riding for the Disabled Centre and a Pony Club Centre. She has taught mini pony clubbers aged 4-6, worked with disabled and able bodied riders and undertaken many stable duties. In addition, Chloe had to produce a comprehensive portfolio detailing her volunteering hours, an in-depth analysis of 20 skills (from horse grooming to public speaking), self-evaluation of strengths and weaknesses and a presentation on a given topic.

Chloe has also organised fundraising activities, including a sponsored walk around the Yorkshire Three Peaks which raised over £500 for Throstle Nest Riding School, who have supported her throughout her riding.

Principal Nick Hinchliffe said today: “Chloe’s commitment and dedication to the riding community is astounding for her age and we are sure she will go from strength to strength in the future. Congratulations from everyone at Leeds West Academy.”

Further details on the Young Equestrian Leaders Award can be found at www.yela.org.uk.