Seeking top young talent

  • The BEF is seeking riders of exceptional talent and dedication for the 2004 World Class Start and Potential programme, which targets athletes aged 14-30 who have the potential to win Olympic medals in dressage, paralympic dressage, eventing and show jumping.

    The programme, which is Lottery-funded through Sport England, ran in pilot form in 2002 and has been full-scale for the first time in 2003.

    Selection is made based on assessments, interviews and competition record, and the selection panel consists of top trainers, judges and riders. Each rider is asked to bring their top horse to ride, and must discuss individual plans.

    The minimum criteria which riders must have achieved to be considered is:

    • Dressage start: Achieving a minimum of 65% consistently at elementary, aged approx 14-20yrs
    • Dressage potential: Competing successfully at prix st george, aged approx 21-30yrs
    • Paralympic start: Regularly scoring 65% at your relevant grade at local level, aged approx 12-20yrs
    • Paralympic potential: Achieving a minimum of 65% at your relevant grade at National/International level, aged approx 16-30 yrs
    • Eventing start: Completed at least one of the following: clear in a CCI* or above; long listed for a pony/junior team; placed in top five of their section at the PC champs with clear XC. Aged approx 14-20yrs and have access to train on horses, if still competing ponies
    • Eventing potential: To have completed a CCI *** , clear x-country, aged approx 20-30 yrs
    • Show jumping start: Jumping consistently clear in 1.20m classes on horses. Aged approx 14-20yrs with access to riding horses if still competing ponies
    • Show jumping potential: Jumping clear over a minimum of 1.40m tracks. Aged approx 20-30yrs

    Visit www.bef.co.uk or (tel: 02476 698876). The closing date is 12 December. Riders are picked from a long-list to go to final assessments and selection in February 2004.

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