A nationwide competition by a major animal feed company to find someone worthy of a £2000 bursary is looking ever more hopeful for local charity worker Charlotte Forkes.

Charlotte was nominated for the bursary so that she can pay for the training and fees to become a qualified Riding Instructor, and after sifting through hundreds of applications, Charlotte’s entry has been narrowed down to the national shortlist of 3, which will now be decided by public vote between April 4th to April 27th 2016.

Charlotte works and volunteers as a trainee instructor at St James City Farm in Tredworth, Gloucester, as part of a charity that helps children to have riding and pony experience for those who normally wouldn’t be able to afford it.

Imran Atcha, spokesman for the farm said: “We’re asking all supporters of St James City Farm to visit­­­­­­­­  and show your support for Charlotte. We already have a senior qualified instructor, but having another is all part of our plan to give many more children a chance to learn. Charlotte is very committed and the children like her too”.

Charlotte, who lives in Stroud, has been riding since she was four years old and was an accomplished dressage rider before concentrating on teaching. She is currently studying a Masters degree in Equestrian performance at Hartpury College, and works and volunteers at City Farm for 3 days a week.

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