Calling all future equestrian stars

24th Mar 2016

Do you have what it takes to become an equestrian athlete at the highest level, and ultimately to represent Great Britain at future Olympic and Paralympic Games?  

The National Lottery-funded equestrian World Class Programme is searching for the next generation of young dressage, jumping, eventing and para-dressage athletes to apply for its Podium Potential Programme. The two-year programme, which starts in December 2016, seeks to further develop talented athletes who have the necessary attributes to achieve selection onto a senior British team within the next Olympic cycle (2017-2020), and who may already be achieving a high level of results on the national, or even international, stage.

The World Class Programme’s Performance Director, Dan Hughes, commented; “Whilst we head towards what will be a sensational summer of sport at the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is also vital to look to Tokyo 2020 and beyond, to ensure we are starting to develop the skills of those athletes who may already possess medal-winning potential. 

“We enjoy a considerable depth of talent in the UK and we must cast our net wide to ensure we exploit that advantage to the full. I would urge all those athletes who believe they have the skill and commitment to become a medal-winning athlete, and that meet the selection criteria, to apply.”

If you believe you have what it takes to compete at the highest level then we want to hear from you.  Anyone wishing to apply for the World Class Podium Potential Programme must meet the selection criteria specific to each discipline.

The criteria, selection timeline and the registration form are available to view and download online now at; registrations must be submitted by Thursday 12 May 2016.