BEDMAX Announces Young Rider for 2019 and creates a specialist category for their Junior Scholar.

As part of their ongoing commitment to the next generation of British Riders, BEDMAX Shavings have today announced that 19-year-old Eventer, Francesca Swallow, has been awarded the much sought-after title of the BEDMAX Young Rider for 2019.

The decision was so difficult, that a Junior Scholar award was especially created for Dressage Rider, Samantha Willson. During the next 12 months, BEDMAX will be supporting Francesca and Samantha in their training, education and competing as part of the scholarship.

Francesca Swallow

Francesca Swallow, from Barbers Martley in Worcestershire, and her gelding, Darius IV, have had great success over the years. Last season, they won the Young Rider Trial at Aston le Walls and this year, Francesca’s sights are set on making it to the Young Rider Europeans in the Netherlands.

Alongside competing Darius this year, Francesca has a second horse she purchased from Belgium in October called Voltair de L’Ermitage, which she bought as a project and is aiming him at Houghton CCIL-2* this summer.

Speaking ahead of what will be a very exciting year with BEDMAX as their Young Rider Scholar, Frankie said:

“I am so excited to be working with BEDMAX this year. I have used this product for years and have seen first-hand how much it helps the health of my horses. They all have beautifully shiny coats and no stable wounds.
Using BEDMAX shavings also makes mucking out the stables a quick and easy job. I am hugely looking forward to getting the opportunity to promote a product that has been such a huge and vital part of my yard for years!”

Samantha Willson

Nominated as their 2019 Junior Scholar, Samantha Willson (Sammy) from Ringwood, in Hampshire, has competed both locally and nationally.

Last year, Sammy and her mare, Delhurens Sunshine (Flo), were placed onto the GB junior prime squad, as one of only three combinations. This gave them the opportunity to travel abroad to their first ever international competition in October.

Going forward, Sammy is keen to share her journey with BEDMAX:

“I am honoured to represent such an amazing product and with my upcoming competitions internationally, I aim to seize every opportunity to publicise this product around Europe.
Horses, including my own, can get quite stressed when staying away and it is extremely important for them to feel as relaxed as possible, so having BEDMAX shavings will ensure that Flo has a comfortable bed.”

In return of these programmes, both Francesca and Samantha will represent BEDMAX in public, and add to their educational programme on social media. Through their own experiences, they will each promote the importance that good bedding can play in a horse’s health and well-being.

Giving further background, BEDMAX Managing Director, Tim Smalley, said:

“This year has seen a phenomenal number of entries and we were extremely impressed, which is why we chose to introduce the Junior Scholar. The next generation are the future of this industry, and these specialist programmes are aimed to support and educate them.
I am especially looking forward to working with both Francesca and Samantha throughout the year, and I would like to congratulate them each on achieving this unique award.”