A Millfield rider has been selected into the British Dressage National Academy and invited to attend the U21 European Long List Training Camp.
Year 9 Isla Sully will join the British Dressage National Academy 2023, amongst 12 other riders who will receive Sport England funded training. National Academy riders gain access to further training camps with in-depth coaching and athlete development from top industry professionals.
Isla, who is from Glastonbury, was also invited to attend the U21 European Long List Training Camp on both of her rides, Ponies and Juniors.
The day student, who joined Millfield Prep in Year 7, has remained dedicated to riding throughout her time at Millfield saying, “I started riding when I was two and am always happiest when competing.” In addition to riding, Isla enjoys her academics at school, “My favourite subjects are History and Geography, this is because my teachers make the subjects interesting to learn.”
Isla trains exclusively outside of school, however Millfield Equestrian supports her development and provides external dressage coaching alongside expertise in strength and conditioning. Isla added, “I use Millfield’s equestrian facilities to do test runs with my horse, they have been very supportive in providing time away from school to train and compete and the teachers have been very encouraging. The school has helped me to maintain my academic work as well as my training and competitions.”
Millfield Head of Equestrian, Mel Wilder said, “Millfield is providing the ideal base for Isla who is an aspiring professional rider who wishes to continue to train whilst still enjoying school life with her peers. Isla has set her sights on competing for GB in the European Championships and has formed a great partnership with her new horse in a short space of time. To be selected for two youth teams (Ponies and Juniors) is a fantastic achievement. The entire equestrian team are incredibly proud of her”.