Olympic Dream

Olympic Dream

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Pro Steel Engineering is delighted to sponsor a young show jumper from Chepstow, donating £500 to help her achieve her Olympic dream.

14-year-old equestrian fanatic, Charlie Bennett, contacted over 100 companies to ask for sponsorship; yet only a few acknowledged her appeal, and all declined her request. Undeterred by the rejections, Charlie approached Justin Marriott, Director of Pro Steel Engineering to ask for financial support to fund her vision of becoming a future Olympian. She was delighted when we responded to her letter with a sponsorship offer.

The talented show jumper has been horse riding since she was six years-old. Charlie and her ponies compete most weekends, regularly travelling to England to enter contests. Often placed top of competitions, she recently qualified for the prestigious Blue Chip Championship Finals, held in April at Hartpury Arena, Gloucestershire.

The Wyedean School pupil is a member of Severnvale Equestrian Centre, Tidenham. Committed to her horses, Charlie visits the stables twice daily to ride and care for her beloved ponies – Patchwork Poncho, Capital Flash and Marigold Montana.

From a single-parent household, Charlie and her mother, Sarah Goddard, were finding it financially difficult to fund her hobby. Sarah said:

“Charlie often receives prize money from winning competitions, but the amount doesn’t cover the entry fees and associated costs. I would have struggled to fund her passion without the help of Richard and Justin. She arranged the sponsorship all of her own back. I’m very proud of my talented daughter!”

Charlie plans to use the money for entry fees to weekly show jumping competitions and the upkeep of her horses.

We admire how proactive and ambitious Charlie is, and she is so focused on her dream of becoming an Olympian. It takes a great deal of determination for a young girl to approach business-owners to ask for sponsorship, so we are happy to support her. It’s important to invest in the young stars of the future. We wish Charlie and her ponies all the success in their competitions.