We are delighted to announce the launch of the 2022 Young Rider Sponsorship Competition by Jo Hansford Photography & Natasha Baker, MBE.

Applications are now open for aspiring young riders to apply for sponsorship by Jo Hansford Photography and a year’s mentorship from gold medal winning, Paralympic Dressage rider Natasha Baker MBE.

This a unique opportunity to gain support from renowned equestrian photographer, Jo Hansford Photography and Para Olympic Dressage champion, Natasha Baker who holds an impressive collection of five Paralympic gold medals.

Now entering its sixth year, this fantastic sponsorship programme is available to promising young riders nationally from all disciplines.

A total of three riders will be chosen and each will receive:

• Two 1-2-1 mentoring sessions with Natasha Baker
• Jo Hansford Photography photoshoot of the rider and their horse with a 16” framed print and a keepsake of all your images.
• Jo Hansford Photography branded saddle pad and horse rug.
• Ongoing support and regular contact with Jo and Natasha throughout 2022.
There are three runners-up prizes, too, and each rider will win a two-hour photoshoot with Jo Hansford and a mounted print.

Ellie Fredericks, a 2021 winner says, ‘Jo and Nic have been so incredibly supportive of me and I feel privileged to be sponsored by them. Their images are incredible and have provided me with the most amazing memories of my horses. Having the opportunity to learn from Natasha has been invaluable and really helped me focus on my goals this year which I’m delighted to say, has ended by winning the 2* at Bicton!

Natasha says: “It’s incredibly rewarding to be able to pass on my knowledge and inspire young riders to help fulfil their own dreams and aspirations. This is the sixth year that Jo and I have partnered and we’re delighted our programme of sponsorship has been such a success. I can’t wait to help this year’s winners reach their full potential.”

Jo says, “Our young rider sponsorship programme developed from a desire to give something back to the equestrian community. We are committed to supporting talented, passionate young riders and get so much pleasure watching each rider develop and progress throughout the year”.

Full entry details and an application form can be found at Jo Hansford Photography


Natasha Baker MBE is Patron of the Cotswolds Riding for the Disabled Association. She was a double-Gold medallist at London 2012 Paralympics, a triple-Gold medallist at the Rio Paralympics and Silver medallist at Tokyo 2020. Natasha has transverse myelitis (inflammation of a section of the spinal cord) that she contracted when she was 14 months old; the nerve damage left her unable to feel her legs and she controls her horse using her seat and her voice

Jo Hansford Photography Bristol based, husband and wife team, Jo and Nic Hansford have been running their successful photography business together for sixteen years. Nic and Jo are highly skilled in both natural lighting and flash/studio photography which is reflected in the variety of their work capturing horses, weddings, families and pets. They are known for their relaxed, unobtrusive approach, capturing authentic moments to create images that become more precious over time.