The Trust

The Jeffress Scholarship Trust (originally set up by the ABRS) provides scholarships for the training of riding instructors already established in the industry, with a client base, to advance their teaching expertise.

The Trust was set up in memory of Albert Godfrey Jeffress who was a founder member and much respected proprietor of the ABRS. After many years of running a prestigious riding school in England, as well as serving as ABRS Treasurer, he moved to Spain, where again he set up a riding school, whilst still keeping in contact with the Association. He was a regular visitor to the UK, attending the Association’s annual events and AGM. He died in Spain in January 1993.

His English Will bequeathed his collection of books on horses to the library of the British Equestrian Centre. The residue of his estate was divided in two equal parts, namely to the ABRS and Trinity College, Dublin.

The JEFFRESS SCHOLARSHIP TRUST is a public, independent charity.



The Trustees, (all unpaid volunteers) are assisted by an independent Moderator, who makes
recommendations to ensure that a good standard of applicants, with dedication and ambition, receive scholarships.

Nationally recognised trainers collaborate with the Trust. Their collaboration is based on the following criteria:

  • Ability to provide suitable training and facilities
  • Dedication to working for excellence
  • Dedication to producing students who will give back something to the equestrian industry

The trainers are paid directly by the Trust, as training progresses. Expenses incurred by the scholarship holder are refunded in full.


We are looking for riding instructors with proven ability, who are established in the industry, either full/part-time/self-employed, with a client base. Working pupils and students in full/part-time education are not eligible.  Applications from partially disabled individuals are welcome.

Candidates are selected on the following criteria:

  • Talent and ability
  • Dedication to work for excellence
  • Dedication to the Equestrian Industry
  • Financial need

A scholarship will then be awarded to a successful applicant, following a short assessment. Specified trainer(s) in conjunction with the student are paid direct, as training progresses.

Expenses incurred during training are refunded direct to the scholarship holder.


On request for information, you will be sent an Application Pack, which contains an Application Form, an Application Check List, plus the Jeffress Scholarship Trust brochure.

You will be asked to return the completed application form along with your CV. The application and CV is looked at by an independent Moderator. If the Moderator approves your application, you will be contacted and invited to attend an assessment at an approved training centre. The assessment involves teaching, riding and a short interview to hear your training plan. If you pass and are offered a scholarship, you will be given 5 months to complete your training.