A TALENTED young dressage rider from the Peak District is set to make her mark in 2012.
Sixteen-year-old Sarah Fitton has put the finishing touches to her spring competition preparations by taking part in an intensive two-day performance camp delivered by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) England Excel Talent Programme.
The camp encompassed all the areas required for rider and horse to perform at their best with a mixture of ridden training sessions, sport psychology, strength and conditioning for the rider, veterinary education and equine nutrition.
Sarah, from Monyash, whose long-term aim is to represent Great Britain at senior championship level, was put through her paces in the saddle by top international dressage trainer and multiple national title winner Gareth Hughes.
She also had the opportunity to review her progress and discuss her goals and ambitions for the coming season with discipline coach Hannah Moody.
She said afterwards: “It was a really interesting two days.
“After my training sessions with Gareth I came away having learnt new methods to train my horse and we were much more of a team.
“Hannah has helped me with my mental approach for competitions and gave me some useful exercises to get me competition ready.”