When the North American Riders Group received 40 applications for their inaugural $15,000 Riders’ Grant in 2011, they were faced with the tough decision of which emerging rider best deserved the funds. When Sarah Johnstone of Aurora, ON, was named the winner, the only one who was surprised was Sarah herself. “I honestly didn’t think I would get it, especially being all of North America,” said the extremely grateful recipient. Sarah, 21, began riding when she was three, and by the age of 12 was training with the Hayes family, eventually becoming a working student for Jay. In 2006, she won the equitation finals grand slam – the CET Medal and the Jump Canada Medal – at the Royal Winter Fair. At the 2007 North American Junior and Young Riders’ Championship, Sarah finished seventh individually. Her first FEI victory came in 2011, when she rode the Hayes’ Starlet to win…
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