Three young riders have been promoted within the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Development Squad.

Para-dressage rider Natalie Povey and show jumpers Jessie Drea and Scott Brash all received promotions this week.

The World Class Programme incorporates the Olympic equestrian sports — dressage, eventing, show jumping as well as para-dressage.

Wrexham-based Natalie (20) has been promoted from the start to potential para-equestrian dressage programme.

She has had consistently high results throughout the year and achieved good scores at Hartpury CPEDI*** and at the KBIS Championships.

Seventeen–year-old Jessie Drea from Horsham has moved up from pre-start to start on the show jumping programme.

And Scotland’s number one show jumper Scott Brash, 23, has joined the potential show jumping programme.

“The promotion of these riders shows the depth of talent we have in this country,” said World Class Performance director, Will Connell.

“This is essential if Great Britain is to win more medals at European, World, Olympic and Paralympic level. The standard of riding on the programme continues to improve year on year.”

The World Class Programme is funded by the National Lottery via UK Sport. Selection is based on results and potential and performance is continually assessed.