Training top young British talent

  • The final selections are underway foryoung British riders hoping to gain a place on the British Equestrian Federation’s (BEF) World Class Start and Potential programme.

    The 10-year plan devised by the BEF to support and nurture outstanding riding talent was granted Lottery funding by Sport England earlier last year. The aim is raise the profile and performance of British riders on the world stage.

    Riders aged between 18 and 32 who believe they have the potential to win at Olympic level in dressage, show jumping, horse trials and Paralympic dressage were invited to apply. They submitted a CV and reference from an accredited trainer to a panel who then selected a shortlist.

    The first selection trial took place yesterday (20 January), when 25 young dressage riders and their horses attended Addington Equestrian Centre, Bucks, for a ridden assessment and formal interview.

    Selection for show jumpers will take place on 27-28 January, with trials for eventers taking place on 29-30 January, also at Addington, while Paralympic dressage riders will be under scrutiny at Hartpury College from 30 -31 January.

    Vikki Kind, World Class Start and Potential Manager, said: “We have worked very hard to ensure the selections will be open, transparent and objective, focusing solely on World Class talent. We are seeking the best of the best; those riders with World Class ambition, the highest standards of riding ability and management, and the determination to succeed. “

    Click on the disciplines below to see the full list of riders invited to take part in final selection trials.

    For more information contact Kathryn Payne at the BEF (tel:02476 698877) or email: kathryn.payne@bef.co.uk

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