Neue Schule lanches hunt for Next Top Jockey

Bitting company, Neue Schule, has launched a competition to give equestrian enthusiasts the opportunity to win a year’s sponsorship contract.

Neue Schule Next Top Jockey

The competition, which will be based on social media, is open to riders or drivers from all disciplines, at all levels and of all ages, amateur or professional. It will aim to find a winner to receive a selection of Neue Schule products, unlimited access to expert bitting advice, and some great media exposure.

The initial stage of the competition invites equestrians to post a picture of themselves and their horse on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, and caption the image in less than 100 words- a chance to really sell themselves!

 For the entry to be considered, @NSbits must be tagged and mentioned and the hashtag #NSNextTopJockey used.

Neue Schule is proud to have a fantastic team of sponsored riders and ambassadors, from Olympic eventers, to grass-roots dressage riders, right through to movie star stunt riders” said Heather Hyde - Company Founder. “The Next Top Jockey competition is a great opportunity for someone who shares our ethos to join our team and get some extra support to help achieve their goals, no matter how big or small those might be.”

For more information on how to enter, what we’re looking for and for terms and conditions, visit Neue Schule on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook

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"Since the horse inspections have been relocated to the front of the House they have become a great public spectacle and a veritable fashion parade for the riders," says Julian Seaman, Media Director for Badminton Horse Trials, "Hiho Silver's sponsorship of a male and female 'best dressed' is great fun."

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(L-R) Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, winning Jockey of the 2016 Newmarket Town Plate, Her Royal Highness The Duchess Of Cornwall, Julian Richmond-Watson, Chairman of Newmarket Racecourses and Justin Wadham Picture credit: Newmarket Racecourses/John Hoy

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