Class Start And Potential Riders Selected For 2004 Programme
for the 2004 World Class Start and Potential programmes have now
been decided following the selection trials that took place from
February 16th 22nd. From an initial 400 applications, 102
riders were short listed to attend the ridden selection trials,
from which 20 riders were chosen to join the Start programme and
20 riders for the Potential programme.
British Equestrian Federation¹s World Class Start & Potential
programme is for riders between the ages of 14 and 30 who demonstrate
the exceptional talent and dedication to ride and win at Olympic
level in Dressage, Paralympic Dressage, Show Jumping or Eventing
and which establishes a development pathway for these riders to
progress onto the Olympic Performance squads in 2008 and 2012.
selected riders will be offered extra assistance in the form of
individually tailored plans as well as opportunities to train with
International riders and coaches in order to help them in their
competitive careers. A number of riders that did not make it on
to the core programmes will also be offered additional support to
ensure that World Class is able to monitor their progress, offer
guidance and encouragement where necessary.
Kind, World Class Start & Potential Manager said, ³The
standard of the short-listed riders was incredibly high and those
riders that were not fortunate to get onto the programmes should
not feel disheartened, but feel proud they made it this far².
added, ³A number of riders who were part of the 2003 programme
have been re-selected, which highlights that the structure and training
offered by World Class is successful and effective, but excitingly,
some new faces have appeared indicating that the selection process
continues to be consistent and fair².
first squad sessions for the 2004 World Class Start & Potential
riders are on April 5th & 6th.
World Class Start and Potential programmes are Lottery funded through