Emma Sayer wins 2018 Alex Scott Future Trainers Travel Scholarship

Work Placement with Graham Motion in the USA

Emma Sayer, successful amateur rider and assistant to her mother Dianne Sayer, is the winner of the 2018 Alex Scott Future Trainers Travel Scholarship.

Judging from a short list of four, the panel was particularly struck by Emma’s enthusiasm for learning and commitment to preparing herself for the demanding role a licensed trainer.

With the aid of the £3000 award, Emma will spend her work placement in the USA with Graham Motion, beginning in Florida in February and staying through the stable’s transition to Kentucky in the Spring.

Reacting to having won the award, Emma said, “I am so delighted to be awarded the Alex Scott Scholarship. My objectives are to work hard, learn lots and meet as many people as possible. Winning the scholarship is a chance to put these into practice and I am going to grasp the opportunity with both hands.”

The Alex Scott Scholarship aims to support those who are planning on a career training racehorses in Britain by promoting their education and improvement of their skills outside the United Kingdom.

The Scholarship is funded by the Tim Dunlop Memorial Travelling Scholarship (TDMS.) TDMS is a charity set up by friends of Tim, in his memory, after he was tragically killed in a car accident in France at the age of 21 in 1987. The charity sponsors young people who wish to travel abroad to expand their experience in the thoroughbred industry initially as a prize for the best overall student on the main National Stud course, it now also sponsors a participant on the course.

Lead judge Harry Dunlop said of this year’s winner, “Emma is a hugely enthusiastic person who I am sure will make a good trainer. My brother Ed and I hope the funding from the Alex Scott Scholarship will enable her to achieve this goal.”