Two of East Yorkshire’s rising stars in the equestrian world are celebrating after securing a sponsorship deal.
Laura and Stephanie Milner, from Huggate, have received support from Equiform Nutrition and Baileys Horse feed to advance their dressage and carriage driving careers respectively.
Laura, 18, is a talented dressage rider who spent six months training with international dressage rider Andrew Gould last year and achieved outstanding results in national competitions.
This year she plans to continue training the young horses that she has bred and compete locally and nationally with them and undergo further training in Holland.
When she’s not competing, she divides her time between teaching young riders, running her own equestrian rug cleaning business, Merlin Equestrian and helping at the family stud, South Grange Stud.
In 2012, 16-year-old Stephanie teamed up with her father, former British Rally Champion Jonny as the back stepper and helped GB to win a gold medal in the Derby event at the Junior World Carriage Driving Championships.
This year, Stephanie hopes to qualify for the National Carriage Driving finals and be selected for next year’s World Championships in Budapest. She has also been accepted to do a beauty therapy apprenticeship and will combine it with competitions and training commitments.
Of the deal, Caroline Hickson at Equiform Nutrition said; “We’re very pleased to be able to sponsor Laura and Stephanie. They work hard to be the best in their fields and both have a very promising future.”
Commenting on the sponsorship, Woldgate College pupil Stephanie said:
We’re very grateful to Equiform and Baileys for their support and are looking forward to another winning year.
The Milner family are no strangers to success. In addition to Jonny’s rallying wins, the girls’ younger sister Katie (13) is showing great promise in her second season grass tracking in her “Mini Milner”.