Time is running out to gain a place on the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) World Class Development Programme for next year.

The closing deadline for the first stage of the application process is 16 March.

“We’ve had loads of applications through already,” Anna Greenway of the British Equestrian Federation told H&H.

“Its always extremely popular but we welcome as many applications as possible to make sure we don’t miss out on any potential stars of the future.”

Formal selection for the programme to support talented riders with the potential to achieve internationally, only takes place every two years

Any ambitious rider, aged between 14 and 30, who is eligible to ride for Great Britain and Northern Ireland can send in a written application.

Selection, which is divided into three stages, will be based on past and present results as well as future potential.

The programme, funded by UK Sport, focuses on the three Olympic disciplines — dressage, eventing and showjumping — and the Paralympic sport of para-equestrian dressage.

“It’s all about focusing on those with the potential to be the very best,” said World Class performance director Will Connell.

For further details, visit www.bef.co.uk