Gold award for horseriding teacher

Joanna Dobson from midgeland Riding school and horse Sparticus
Joanna Dobson from midgeland Riding school and horse Sparticus
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A Blackpool equestrian is celebrating after winning a prestigious national teaching award.

Joanna Dobson, of Midgeland Riding School in South Shore, was awarded the Golden Spur by the Association of British Riding Schools (ABRS) for her work teaching youngsters how to ride horses.

The annual award, which began in 2004, celebrates one outstanding ABRS teacher each year.

Miss Dobson came out on top at the competition’s final selection day in Broughton Astley in Leicester in October when she wowed a judging panel of experienced horse riders with her enthusiasm, quality teaching techniques and sound business sense.

Wendy Ellis, proprietor of Midgeland Riding School, nominated Miss Dobson for the award.

She said: “I am very proud of Joanna’s achievement and she thoroughly deserves to win the award.

“Joanna is a dedicated, hard-working and popular instructor at Midgeland Riding School and works with riders of all ages and abilities.

“She is also a group instructor for Midgeland Riding for the Disabled.”