Wosskow Brown again involved in Derbyshire's Premier Equestrian Event
Wosskow Brown gallops into Equestrian Arena
Wosskow Brown has leapt into the equestrian arena after discovering its employees are crazy for horses.
The firm has formed its own equestrian eventing team - thought to be a first for the provincial law industry.
Team Wosskow Brown launched last February and its nine riders receive competition funding, coaching and expert training thanks to the Wosskow Brown Charitable Foundation, which launched in 2014 - the firm’s 25th year - to support grassroots sport. business growth, charities and social enterprises.
The firm, which has three offices in Sheffield and one in Barnsley, is proud to see its investment already paying off - three members of the team have qualified to compete at this month’s Chatsworth Horse Trials, one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian calendar.
Wosskow Brown owners, staff and clients will be there to cheer them on - the firm is a sponsor at the May 15-17 event for the second year running.
“I’m so proud that three members of Team WB will be competing just yards from our hospitality area. It’s a tremendous achievement for them to make the grade,” said HR manager Louise Brown.
“We don’t know of any other provincial law practice supporting an equestrian team in this way. We launched it after discovering last year that ten of our staff have an interest in the sport - and swiftly realising that while at a professional level there is lots of sponsorship for eventers, for local amateurs there is absolutely nothing.
“Our long-term aim is to develop the talent of local equestrians combining their sporting ambition with their careers or education. We have great faith in our team and hope one day some of them may go on to achieve Olympic status.”
Paralegal Annie Everard, who started at the practice as a 14-year-old on work experience and is a keen eventer, is a member and driving force of Team WB. “The upkeep and training of the horses, competition entry fees and travel and transportation costs really add up,” she said. “People assume horse-riders are from privileged backgrounds but many are not and those are the people Wosskow Brown want to support.”
Having joined the equestrian set, the firm, which employs 97 across four offices, has now launched an equine section within its sports law department to cater for the vast and often complex legal field of the horse industry. Litigator Richard Dale will specialise in horse sale agreements and disputes, riding accident claims, livery agreements and stud contracts for stallions, mares and vets.
Team WB members competing at Chatsworth include one-star class rider Chesterfield 19-year-old university veterinary student Katie PatrickCommented Katie Patrick: “The extra training the Wosskow Brown Foundation has provided will definitely make a difference to our performance but so will the fact that we go into the ring with less financial worry on our shoulders. We will be aiming to make our sponsors proud.”
Other Team WB members involved in the Chatsworth Horse Trials 2015: Sarah Healy, 42, of Bamford, who works as a dental hygienist in Bakewell and previously competed for Great Britain, and Huddersfield stable groom Hannah Taylor (advanced class). Sally Wood of Matlock, a retired lecturer who began eventing last year at the age of 59, will be a jump judge at the Trials as well as serving as the WB team’s Chef D’equipe.
The Wosskow Brown Foundation launched in 2014 and is inspired by the assistance and goodwill experienced by partners Michael Wosskow and David Brown when they launched the business in 1989. Its support of local sports includes The Sheffield Sharks Basketball Team, a snooker player, a lightweight boxer and a skier.
Last year Wosskow Brown’s sponsorship of the Chatsworth International Horse Trials provided wifi hotspots for visitors organisers and competitors, VIP hospitality for a number of its Sheffield City Region clients and an equestrian-themed free prize draw.
The Chatsworth International Horse Trials first started in 1956 and in 2015 expects to welcome over 500 horses and leading international riders. The event is run as part of the Chatsworth House Trust – a registered charity dedicated to the long-term protection, enhancement and sharing of Chatsworth house, its collections and landscape.
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