The British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) World Class Programme has been awarded £13.6 million for Olympic sport and £3.7 million for Paralympic sport in the run up to the 2012 Olympics, UK Sport has announced today (3 December).

The money is part of funding of £292 million for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, from April next year until to March 2013.

Andrew Finding chief executive of the BEF, said: “I am delighted that UK Sport has expressed confidence in us by their award, which amounts to £17.3 million over the next four years.

“I want to pay tribute to our management team, led by Will Connell, and the riders and owners. Collectively they have raised the game in equestrian sport and provided the evidence [to show] that we have great potential for success in 2102.

“None of this would be possible without the leadership and commitment of the boards and chief executives of British Dressage, British Eventing and the British Show Jumping Association, as well as that of our own board.

“Success is dependent upon a stable governance structure where our elite management team and our athletes, human and equine, have the freedom to excel. Now, we have to step up to the plate and deliver the medals in 2012.”