The NAF Shining Star Award for July 2016 goes to eleven-year-old Ellie McNeil from Selby, North Yorkshire.
Ellie was nominated for the award by Nicola Sheard, Lead Coach of the Yorkshire Academy. “Ellie is a dedicated member of the academy and regularly attends all training sessions. She’s hardworking and can be often found helping with course building alongside progressing through her NAF Five Star Performance Awards booklet. Ellie is a pleasure to coach and is always willing to try new ideas to help improve her performance,” says Nicola.
Since joining British Showjumping in 2015, Ellie has gone from strength to strength with her confidence growing thanks to the support of Nicola and the Yorkshire Academy. The academy provides a useful setting for introducing young riders to the sport but also a supportive and encouraging environment.
“It is great to hear that Ellie has so much dedication both on the ground and in the saddle, being helpful and willing to try new ideas are excellent qualities to have when looking to improve in your chosen sport. Well done Ellie!” says Melissa Newman, NAF Brand Manager.
Ellie will kindly receive some NAF equine products to use alongside the supplements that she currently uses.