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BEF Excel Talent Programme

The Excel Talent Programme has been brought into the performance pathway, and in the new structure forms part of the Podium Potential Pathway, supported by both UK Sport and Sport England. The programme looks to identify, support and develop athletes who demonstrate the potential to progress to Podium Potential in the future, by providing education to develop the foundation skills required for future performance.
The two year programme provides selected riders with the opportunity to have access to top equestrian specialists including: international coaches, HSSM (physiotherapists, psychologists) and ESSM (farriers, saddlers, vets) practitioners, via a series of rider performance camps.
For those athletes within Podium Potential Pathway who achieve the top level performance standard, they may be eligible for an Athlete Performance Award from UK Sport, which would give them access to the wider programme support available (as received through Podium Potential squads).
Riders who were part of the 2017-2019 intake for the Excel Talent Programme will complete the current programme, which will formally finish 1 April 2019.

Important: Rider Age Groups:
A rider’s age will be based on FEI ruling which is the age the rider becomes in a given year. The calendar age is taken from the beginning of a calendar year that a rider’s age is reached until the end of a calendar year that a rider’s age is reached.
For example; a rider who is 15 years may apply for the 16 – 18 year old category if they have their 16th birthday in 2015. A rider who is 18 years old and has their 19th Birthday in 2015 should apply for the 19 – 21 year old age group. This ruling then applies to all age groups.
BEF Podium Potential Pathway Contact:
Georgie Wheeler
Email: Georgie Wheeler 
Telephone: 02476 698904

Excel Squad for 2017-19:
Charlotte Dicker
Charlotte Murgatroyd
Fiona Brennan
Angus Corrie-Deane
Rebecca Bell
Emma Bond
Victoria Maw
Georgina Herrling
Saffron Cresswell
Phoebe Locke
Richard Coney
Chelsea Pearce
Lizzie Baugh
Georgia Bartlett
Heidi Coy
Lily Freeman-Attwood
James Winter
Chelsea Skelton
Bethanie Knight
Yazmin Davis
Chloe Reynolds
Diane Green
Mari Durward-Akhurst
Caitlyn Saddington
Georgia Wilson
Ilse Taylor Owen
Molly Bowen-Morris
Marcelle Ward
Hope Hayward