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450 Olympic Stars Of The Future Apply For World Class Start and Potential

The British Equestrian Federation's (BEF) appeal for talented young riders to take part in selections for the 2003 World Class Start and Potential Programmes (WCS&P) received 450 applications of superb quality. The exciting process of selecting the very best of these "stars of the future" now begins.

Riders who are chosen to go through to the next round of selections will be contacted early in January and invited to attend a final selection trials. An elite panel of selectors are now confirmed, the selectors are very excited about this opportunity to assess this gifted group of riders.

Victoria Kind, World Class Start and Potential Manager, said; "The response has been wonderful. We are so impressed by the time and effort applicants have put in we will be contacting all of them personally to thank them for their participation. It is impressive that the pool of quality riders we have in Great Britain can produce such a large number of applicants of the World Class calibre we are seeking."

"I must also pay tribute to the BD, BE and BSJA accredited trainers who were asked to act as referees and have been so enthusiastic about taking part, they have welcomed this new process of identifying young talent. The time and effort they devoted to assessing these young riders and the quality of the references have provided a vital first line in the process of identifying each applicant's ability and aptitude."

"Several of the trainers have noticed that the process of applying has served to focus riders on their riding and career aspirations. It is my hope that the process will prove to be valuable for all aspiring young riders, whether or not their application is successful, by encouraging them to concentrate on key areas such as defining clear goals, considering sport versus career prospects, horse power and identifying clear progression in training and competition."

The final selection trials will take place in January at Addington (Dressage 20-21, Show Jumping 27-28, Eventing 29-30) and Hartpury (Paralympic Dressage


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