National award for eventing apprentice at new Amble stables

Daisy Whincup
Daisy Whincup

An apprentice at a north Northumberland stables has been given a national award for her work.

And the stables where Daisy Whincup is working are also doing well after being set up 18 months ago.

The 24-year-old from Stobswood was the first apprentice to be taken on by Hope House Farm owner Lyndsey Phillips.

And out of 400 applicants, she was named learner of the year for her apprenticeship. She is eventing as part of her work as well as teaching others.

Lyndsey, a British Horse Society training instructor, and her husband Will took over the farm, just outside Amble, around two years ago.

She then applied for a riding school licence and now teaches children and adults to ride.

But wanting to give young people a chance to make it in the industry, Lyndsey decided to take on apprenticeships and Daisy was the first.

Lyndsey said: “I wanted to put a programme in place that meant young people could train on the job.

“Daisy was the first and she is very determined and has a great tenacity and we are really really proud of her winning the award.

“When we took on Hope House, we decided we wanted to provide something of substance for the people of Amble.

“I like to contribute to the community and we are just on Amble’s doorstep.”

The riding school is now offering a Kanga club for youngsters aged four and over to have a go at horse riding on Saturday mornings.

For more information about Hope House or to get in touch, visit www.hope