THE British Horse Society’s competition for instructors, which climaxes at Royal Windsor Horse Show, enters its second year with a brand new sponsor, Martin Collins Enterprises.

The Martin Collins BHS Instructors’ Challenge is a combined training competition open to all B H S - r e g i s t e r e d instructors. Qualifiers will be held around the UK, with the top two prize winners of each going forward to the final at Windsor on May 12.

Prize money for the final will be spread across the first six places, with the winner receiving a cheque for £800.

The competition is based on British Dressage Novice Tests with the maximum show jumping height 3ft for the qualifiers and 3ft 6in in the final.

Competitors must not have ridden internationally within the last ten years, but must be listed on the BHS register of instructors.

Last year’s winner, Helen Barton-Smith of Pippin Equestrian Ltd, Dorset, said: “For people like me who fit competitions in when they can around their business, the opportunity to compete at a big show was amazing.

“It was fantastic for the children we teach as well – I had a string of children with me at the final and they came back buzzing about riding which is great.”

Commenting on its involvement, Glynnie Walford, managing director of Martin Collins Enterprises, said: “This is a unique series and we felt it fitted in well with the Martin Collins sponsorship profile.

“This competition enables us to reach another of our equestrian disciplines and we are extremely pleased to be able to support the BHS. We look forward to an exciting final held on our Ecotrack surface at this year's Royal Windsor Horse Show and wish all entrants the very best of luck.”

Tickets for Royal Windsor Horse Show are on sale now, priced at £13 (adults), £9 (concessions) and £5 (children five to 16 years) if booked in advance.

Family tickets (two adults and two children) cost £30. Tickets are priced per day and include entry to all the day’s events.

Book online at or by calling 0844 412 4631.