Successful event riders who have not been included in the long-list for the British eventing team at the Athens Olympic Games still have the opportunity to join the World Class Performance squad, and therefore be considered for the team, if their achievements at events in early 2004 justify it.

World Class Performance Manager, Yogi Breisner, says: “The long-list is not a definitive list and it will be reviewed after Badminton next May. Other riders may be added if their performances in the spring warrant it.”

The riders currently on the World Class Performance Programme and being considered for a place on the British team are:

  • Vicky Brake
  • Jeanette Brakewell
  • Kristina Cook
  • Sarah Cutteridge
  • William Fox-Pitt
  • Pippa Funnell
  • Polly Jackson
  • Mary King
  • Leslie Law
  • Zara Phillips
  • Rodney Powell
  • Caroline Pratt
  • Polly Stockton
  • Marie-Louise (Bumble) Thomas

In addition to squad training sessions, riders on the World Class Performance squad have access to nutritionists, physiotherapists, personal fitness training programmes and sports psychologists, as well as advanced veterinary science and equine nutritional advice and support.

Yogi continues: “By placing the riders on the World Class Performance Programme we are giving them access to specialist training and advice with the aim of giving the team of five horses and riders we send to Athens the best possible preparation.”

Initial preparations will start in February when the 14 riders will attend a team training session at Waresley Park in Bedfordshire. The riders will be split into two groups of seven and each group will receive two days training with Yogi Breisner, Kenneth Clawson and Tracie Robinson. Team vet Jenny Hall will also be available to assess the horses’ condition following their winter break.