Meet the first 2018 Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider finalist…



Meet the first 2018 Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider finalist…

After an overwhelming response with over 100 entries, Bit Of Britain has narrowed down the finalists for the Next Top Rider sponsorships.

The quality of the entries was outstanding. It was a very difficult decision but it has been narrowed down to 11 finalists. The finalists range in age from 14 to 22. Entries poured in from all over North America. There are finalists from Canada and the United States.

Tune into for the next 10 days, as we continue to announce a finalist each day (in no particular order).


Congratulations Austin Skeens, VA!

Austin is today’s featured finalist and is 16 years old. He is relatively new to the sport having only competed at his first recognized horse trial in August 2016. He has quickly come up to speed with some stellar results this year at the training level with his horse Rocky.

  • 1st – Morven Park (their first ever horse trials together and his first ever training level event)
  • 6th – Fair Hill International
  • 1st – Middleburg Horse Trials,
  • 2nd – Summer Surefire Horse Trials,
  • 14th – 2017 American Eventing Championships

Austin loves the sport and has his sights set on the upper levels. He plans to attend college in the future as well.

Follow Austin on his social media and help him to become the 2018 Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider:



2018 Bit of Britain’s Next Top Rider quest is on

The finalists have been chosen. In case you missed it, here is what will happen next:

Part 2 – We will get to learn more about each of these interesting young riders
Tune in over the month of November to find out about the unique stories behind these young riders. Riders will be submitting Blogs or Vlogs to share their stories.  This is an amazing group of up and comers with goals and dreams. Look forward to hearing about Eventing from all over North America. Be ready for stories that are going to make you laugh, cry and cheer.

Part 3 – Public voting
On Dec 1, 2017, public voting on the Blogs and Vlogs will begin on Eventing Connect for the finalists. The public voting will end on Dec 12, 2017. The public voting will account for 50% of Bit of Britain’s sponsorship decision. Other considerations will include their social media following and social media interaction from Oct 19, 2017 to Dec 12, 2017.

Part 4 – Sponsorship Announcement
On Jan 5, 2018, the sponsorships will be announced on Eventing Connect. Three riders will receive sponsorships for three different values that will include a variety of products from which the riders can choose:

  • 1st place – Gold ($1500 USD),
  • 2nd place – Silver ($1000 USD)
  • 3rd place – Bronze ($500 USD)
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