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.
Equestrian World Class Programme
Our Vision: to be the number one Olympic and Paralympic equestrian nation with depth of excellence at every level
Our Mission: identify talent, develop potential and maximise and sustain medal-winning performances at the Olympic and Paralympic Games and other major Championships, and inspire others in support of the long term growth of British equestrian sport
Our Values: professionalism, performance, passion, partnership, integrity, equality and inspiration
Our Approach: achieving excellence in everything we do; from meeting the most challenging performance targets on the field of play, to managing ourselves to the highest professional standards - on and off it
Established by Royal Charter in 1997, UK Sport is responsible for investing around £100 million of public funds each year in high performance sport. The primary role of UK Sport is to strategically invest National Lottery and Exchequer income to maximise sporting performance.
Resources are carefully targeted to maximise Olympic and Paralympic athletes’ chances of medal success. UK Sport’s Investment Principles are reviewed every 4 years, with Annual Reviews conducted with each sport to assess progress towards the agreed objectives. To date there has been a philosophy of targeted investment to focus available resources towards athletes and sports with the greatest chance of success with a clear priority to support every potential medal and medallist over a two Games / eight year period.
For more information on UK Sport, please visit www.uksport.gov.uk
The Equestrian World Class Programme has been funded by UK Sport since 1998, and is part of the British Equestrian Federation's (BEF) portfolio. The funding is awarded as a four year 'grant' by UK Sport and supports three main areas:
- The World Class Podium, Podium Potential and Equine Pathway Programmes
- Athlete Personal Allowances (paid to athletes direct by UK Sport)
- Governance costs (this helps with the costs of the BEF); the Programme is run as one and not four separate discipline programmes
Within equestrian sport, we face a unique challenge in that we need both a World Class athlete (the rider) and a World Class horse competing together as a partnership. We have therefore had to develop our plan to support this multi-dimensional need.
Podium supports horse-rider combinations that are challenging for team positions at the next Olympic or Paralympic Games (within the next four years). It is essentially the Programme that supports the British Equestrian Teams (Team GBR) within the three Olympic and one Paralympic disciplines. The Programme seeks to enhance their performance through the highest level coaching, sports science and medicine and management programmes and is also responsible for all logistics and management at various Championship events.
Podium Potential seeks to identify and develop athletes with the necessary attributes to achieve podium places at a subsequent Olympic or Paralympic Games (4-8 year time frame). Podium Potential athletes are those who are perceived to sit just below the Podium athletes but who may already be achieving results on the world stage and are heading towards a place on the Podium squad.
Podium Potential is primarily focussed on the athlete, although the athlete must have a horse with sufficient aptitude to progress the athlete. It is anticipated that with correct training, support and, of course, horsepower, athletes will progress to achieve World Class Podium standards.
The World Class Programme also works in close conjunction with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping to help support, and provide funding for, the Pony, Junior and Young Rider teams (plus Children on Horses in showjumping).
Owners play a vital role in the success of British athletes and are an instrumental part of the world class team that strives to deliver medals on the world stage. Without the right owners of the right horses we will be unable to achieve our aims so keeping our current owners and finding new ones is a key part of the World Class Programme.
There are many different ways to become an owner which we would be delighted to discuss with you, please contact the World Class team for more information on 02476 698871.