Selectors David Trott, Judy Harvey and Nick Burton added 12 horses to the World Class Potential Elite Dressage Horse squad following Addington Manor’s viewing day (9 October).
The British Equestrian Federation set up the scheme last year to support horses with medal winning potential. There are three levels of support ranging from group training to regular home visits. All horses will be reviewed annually.
The new intake includes Ann Wilkinson and Dave Chislett’s five-year-old by Hemmingway, DCI Valkenswaard, ridden by Matt Frost, who said: “He has such power, I fell in love with him the first time I saw him. I’m ecstatic he was picked out of 50 of the best in the UK.”
Also chosen were Shadowfax (Ruth Edge) and Being Bling (Tim Sillevis), who were both highly praised by David Trott.
The other nine horses chosen so far are:
- Royal Concert (Peter Storr)
- Cocofino (Peter Storr)
- Khartoum (Rhett Bird)
- Vivaldi (Jo Barry)
- Falcao (Nicola Cooper)
- Rivaldo (Karen Shepherd)
- Der Schufro (Jacky Stolper)
- DCI Valkenswaard (Matt Frost)
- Lenox (Daniel Greenwood)
- Vanito (Hannah Esberger-Shepperd)