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World class programmes

Funded by the Exchequer and the National Lottery through UK Sport, the Equestrian World Class Programme focuses on three key areas for British athletes and horses; identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal-winning performances on the world stage.

The equestrian World Class Programme is made up of two squads, Podium (formerly Performance) and Podium Potential (formerly Development).

Further details about the World Class Programme can be found on the Equestrian Team GBR website 

Current World Class Programme riders (at 11/05/17)

Dressage Para-dressage
Podium Potential  
Rebecca Edwards Natasha Adkinson
Sarah Millis Anna-Mae Cole
Ryan Todd Charlotte Cundall
Alex Hardwick Suzanna Hext
Samantha Thurman-Baker Izzy Palmer
Sonnar Murray-Brown Amanda Shirtcliffe
Joanna Thurman-Baker Susanna Wade
Hayley Watson-Greaves  
 Lara Butler (nee Griffith) Natasha Baker
 Charlotte Dujardin Sophie Christiansen
Michael Eilberg Deb Criddle
Carl Hester Nicky Greenhill
Gareth Hughes Erin Orford
Laura Tomlinson Lee Pearson
Spencer Wilton Sophie Wells

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 will be 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.

If you have a horse that might be suitable, please contact the BD office (tel: 02476 698835)