Changes to the World Class Dressage Equine Pathway Programme for 2013

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The Equine Pathway seeks to identify and support world class horses, who have the perceived potential to develop into medal winning horses and compete for Great Britain on the world stage. Selection for the Pathway varies between disciplines and the criteria and format for each is constantly reviewed by each individual sport.

Following a review process, and looking ahead to Rio and beyond, a number of changes will come into effect for the next cycle of the World Class Dressage Equine Pathway, which opens for applications for the 2013 intake on Thursday 21 March 2013.

This new look Dressage Pathway programme will allow the UK Sport funded World Class Programme to support and encourage access towards additional training sessions with a home coach, nominated by the owner/athlete. Horses accepted onto the pathway will also be benchmarked at selection through test riding by two international selectors – a judge and a rider; for those selected onto the pathway, progress will be measured against those benchmarks at bi-annual Assessment Days.

The selection process, which follows three stages, opens for applications on Thursday 21 March (forms must be completed and returned by Thursday 18 April 2013), with this year’s dressage viewing day taking place on Tuesday 7 May 2013.

Equestrian Performance Director, Will Connell; “Within the World Class Programmes we are constantly seeking to review and improve the support we can offer through the generosity of the Lottery and Exchequer funding we receive from UK Sport. We started reviewing the London Olympiad in Autumn 2011 and the Equine Pathways was one of the areas looked at.

“Caroline Griffith, who manages and leads the Dressage Pathway, has consulted extensively and the ‘new look’ Dressage Pathway programme will take us in to the Rio Olympiad better equipped to identify potential Championship dressage horses and work with their owners, riders and coaches in order to help them maximise each horse’s potential.”

The UK Sport funded programme exists to improve results at an international level and increase the number of medals won by Great Britain on the world stage. Eligible horses will be selected on their perceived potential to compete at Championship level Grand Prix and horses may join or leave the Pathway during the year as their progression is reviewed.

For further details about the equine pathway, the selection process and to obtain an application form please visit the BEF website – please note, application forms will only be made available on the day applications open.

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