British Eventing (BE) has launched a new initiative designed to support up-and-coming cross-country course-designers.

The scholarship will provide tailored help and advice from a selection of experienced mentors, training sessions and course-walks, opportunities to assist with the design of BE courses and a level of financial support.

BE’s Mike Etherington-Smith said: “This new scheme will offer a fresh perspective on course design and hopefully open the gateway for new designers from a variety of backgrounds to come into the sport. As well as discovering new talent, it will provide those accepted with the opportunity to be mentored by some of the best designers in the UK.”

Applications for the pilot scheme opened on Tuesday (5 August) and will run from 2014 to 2015. Up to two candidates will be accepted.

For more information, visit www.britisheventing.com.