The World Class Programme

The UK Sport lottery funded Equestrian World Class Programme supports a pathway to success for eventing, showjumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage athletes. The aim is to have in place a sustainable system that can deliver more medals on the international stage now and in the future. The Programme is a key portfolio within the British Equestrian Federation's support of equestrian sport.

The programme's mission is to:

  • Identify talent
  • Maximise potential
  • Deliver success

The World Class Programmes across all sports must focus their attention on three key areas; firstly, identifying talent; secondly, developing talent; and thirdly, producing performance on the World stage. The Equestrian World Class Programme is no different, although of course we need to do this not only with the rider but also with the horse. The World Class Programme therefore fits into three conjoined areas: the Equine Pathway, Podium Potential and Podium. The one principal that underpins all that the Programme does, and which we can never do enough of, is communication. 

The Plan comprises three programmes:

The programmes work closely with the three British Equestrian Federation Olympic Member Bodies; British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping. World Class work alongside Discipline Programmes run by these three Member Bodies, and assist in supporting the Pony, Junior and Young Rider squads at Championships and through coaching development. 

The Equestrian World Class Programme has been funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, primarily from the National Lottery, via UK Sport since 1998.

> Visit the Equestrian Team GBR website for more information about the British teams

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