Nine-year-old Tilly Shaw is the latest young showjumper to receive the NAF Shining Star Award, for February 2016.
Tilly, of Grantham, secured her nomination by proving herself to be a caring, supportive and diligent member of the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Academy.
Tilly, who turns 10 years old this month, was nominated for the award by Selina Cawkwell, lead coach for the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Academy. Selina had the following to say about her nominee: “Tilly has been an active member of the Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire Junior Academy for over a year, during this time her confidence has grown immensely. She is always friendly and helpful to all other members and to me. She is a fantastic pupil, always keen to learn and encouraging to other members in her group.
“Her hard work has paid off as she has progressed from jumping 70cm a year ago to now having two ponies qualified for the Style and Performance Final at POYS and three ponies already qualified for Scope. She has also completed her two star NAF award and is well on her way to achieving her three star. A very deserving winner as she is a hardworking, talented and popular young lady.”
Beginning her riding career at the tender age of three, Tilly joined British Showjumping in February 2014 with her first pony Magic Monkey. She has since gone from strength to strength and is now out competing three ponies, all of which she has qualified for championships later this year.
Tilly has found the friendly and encouraging environment of the Academy not only provides a fantastic training opportunity but it has also transformed her from a nervous young girl to the confident sportswomen she is today, which her mother, Jodie, attributes to the efforts of coach, Selina.
Unaware of her nomination and upon finding out she had become a NAF Shining Star, a stunned Tilly said: “I’m so excited to win the NAF Shining Star, the first thing I wanted to do was run over to my ponies and tell them we had won.”
Tilly will receive some NAF equine products to use alongside the products and supplements that she currently use.
The NAF Shining Star Award was introduced when NAF became a British Showjumping Business Partner. The award is for members of a Junior Academy who have shown a great deal of commitment, progression and outstanding behaviour along with their riding ability and much more. Riders are nominated by their lead coach, and then judged and awarded by NAF to one person each month.