Class Start And Potential Programme Seeks More Young Talent
who see themselves as having the exceptional talent and dedication
to win at Olympic level in Dressage, Paralympic Dressage, Eventing
and Show Jumping in future years will soon have the opportunity
to apply to join the current Start and Potential riders, in Selections
for the 2003 programme.
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. "
will apply using a generic "Curriculum Vitae" application
form, plus a riding reference that must be obtained from an accredited
trainer from a list approved by the Selection Committee.
will be made by a panel and based on riding assessments, interviews
and the candidate's competition record. During a selection day riders
will be assessed as a group and individually, mounted in a training
session with the World Class coaches, and dismounted in a discussion
with the panel.
panel will consist of a cross section of the world's best trainers,
judges, riders and psychologists.
selectors' sheets and comments shall be available for the riders
once selection is completed. The whole process will also be open
for anyone to view, though no-one will be able to have contact with
panel will not be given the candidates names during the selection
process. Each candidate will be given a number which will be used
throughout, so that the process remains anonymous, just like in
rider will be asked to bring a horse / pony to ride, and the Potential
riders must bring their top horse and be prepared to discuss short,
mid and long term plans. The younger disabled riders will not be
required to bring a horse / pony.
selections will be publicised through the equestrian press, and
by mailings to all international trainers, Pony Club DCs, Riding
Clubs and Sporting Members of the BEF. Affiliated riders who are
already on development programmes such as BYRDS, U21, Talent Spotters,
Gold Level Training will be invited to apply.
will be accepted between 18 November and 16 December 2002. The application
form will be available from the BEF, BE, BD and BSJA web sites,
or from BEF by phoning 02476 698874 or emailing email@example.com.
will be reviewed by the panel during December and early January
2003. A long list of suitable candidates will be presented at a
selection meeting where riders will be picked to go forward to final
assessments and selection.
World Class Start and Potential Programmes pilot commenced in April
2002. 2003 is the first year that the full scale programmes will
be run. The programmes are Lottery funded through Sport England
and target riders aged 12-30.