The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has been running the Lottery-funded World Class Programmes (WCP) since 2002 as a long-term plan to identify and develop outstanding talent in the equestrian sports of dressage, para-equestrian dressage, eventing and show jumping and I am honoured to be on the development programme.
The development programme is for riders aged 16-30 and the WC performance squad is made up of riders of any age competing at the highest level.
World Class Dressage Equine Pathway Programme
The World Class Dressage Equine Pathway Programme was launched by the BEF in 2007 to provide a method of identifying support through training to elite young horses that show an indication of the necessary qualities to represent Great Britain and ideally medal at future Championships and Olympic Games.
Eligible horses are selected on their movement, expression, trainability and potential for Championship level Grand Prix. The scheme aims to provide support to potential World Class horses through monitoring horses’ development through observation and communication with the owner/rider, offering veterinary/farriery monitoring and advice at training sessions, access to training with a World Class coach, coaching advice and support together with sports science and medicine support to the rider.