Nominations for the 2017-18 SportsAid Awards will open in November. Information about SportsAid and the 2016-17 framework can be found below.
SportsAid Framework 2016 - 2017
SportsAid is a charity that financially supports young talented athletes to help them to achieve sporting success. Within the sport of equestrian, SportsAid has supported both able bodied and para-equestrian riders prior to Olympic and Paralympic Games.
SportsAid awards usually vary between £500 and £1000 and athletes spend their grant on competition entries, travel costs, training and specialist sport science support (e.g. veterinary, physiotherapy and farriery). Being recognised by their National Governing Body (NGB) and SportsAid as a talented athlete with the added financial support offered is something that recipients of the award value highly.
The SportsAid awards are based on an NGB’s recommendation of an athlete’s potential to progress through the talent pathway. All nominees will be submitted by the British Equestrian Federation through consultation with the Member Bodies’ and their representatives. The final nominees will receive a link to an online application form which needs to be completed for consideration for a SportsAid award.
All information about the SportsAid awards will be available on the BEF website.
To be eligible for a SportsAid award you must:
• Live and train in England, Wales and Scotland
• Be aged between 15 and 25 years old (30 for Para Equestrian Dressage)
• Not be in receipt of any other funding which involves a cash or APA element such as Lottery Funding
• Reach minimum performance criteria listed in the table below
A rider’s age will be calculated in accordance with FEI rules i.e. the age of the rider on their birthday in the calendar year is treated as their age for the entire year.
For all disciplines outlined below, the competition results must have been obtained between 1st October 2015 and 1st October 2016 (inclusive) unless specifically stated otherwise.
15 years: Achieving at Elem/Med (or above) on horses, final scores of 68%+ at a minimum of 3 competitions and one score at Elem/Medium (or above) of 66% at either Regional Championship, National Championship or in Team/Individual Junior classes at Premier League competitions. Horse/Rider combination must show potential to progress to Advanced Medium level.
Riders who have represented Great Britain on Pony European Teams in 2016 are eligible to apply.
16 – 18 years: Top 15 placing individually in the Team or Individual Test at Junior European Championships in 2016 or a minimum of 3 final scores at 65% at Adv. Med Open (incl. FEI JR Team and Individual tests) achieved at Premier Leagues, Summer Regional Championships or BD National Championships.
19 – 21 years: Top 15 placing individually in the Team or Individual Test at Young Rider European Championships in 2016 or a minimum of 3 final scores of 65% or above at PSG/Inter 1 (incl. YR Team & Indv. tests) achieved at either Premier Leagues, Summer Regional Championships or BD National Championships
22 – 25 years: A minimum of 3 final scores of 67% or above at PSG or above at Premier Leagues, Summer Regional Championships or BD National Championships OR a minimum of 2 final scores of 63% or above at a Premier League U25 Grand Prix or Premier League Inter. 2 level.
15-18 years old: two scores of 62% or above in their relevant grade at BD Para Dressage Competitions and/or have scored 64% or above at the RDA National Championships in 2016.
19-24 years old: minimum of two final scores in their relevant grade at 65% or above in Silver or Gold classes in BD Para Equestrian Dressage competitions (including Home International) AND one score of 63% or above in their relevant Grade at a BD Para Equestrian Dressage Championship or CPEDI */ **.
25- 30 years old: minimum of two final scores in their relevant grade at 64% or above in the Team or Individual Test (Gold) classes in BD Para Equestrian Dressage competitions (including Home International) AND one score of 66% or above in their relevant Grade at a BD Para Equestrian Dressage Championship or CPEDI 2*.
NB: Consideration will be given to riders who have only achieved the level of Pony Results listed below who also have competition results on a horse at BE 100 level or above.
Selected for GBR Pony European Team
Brandhall 1* Pony championship – top 10% of starters
Weston Park 2* Pony Championship – top 20% of starters
Top 3 placing at Pony Club Open Championships
Top 20% placing CCI* on a horse
Top 20% placing U18 Regional Team Championships
Top 20% placing in National U18 Championship
16 - 18 years
Top 15% of starters at the U18 Regional Championship at Weston
Top 20% of starters at National U18 Championships
Selected for GBR Junior European Team
Top 20% of starters at a CCI*
19 – 21 years old
Top 20% placing in the National U21 Championships
Top 20% placing at a Senior CCI2*
Selected for GBR Young Rider European Team
Clear round XC meeting Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) at a CCI***/CIC***
22-25 year olds
Top 15% placing in a senior CCI 2*
Top 25% starters in a CIC3*
Top 30% starters in a CCI3*
Top 40% Bramham U25 Championships
Clear round XC meeting Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) at a CCI****
15 years: to have jumped two double clear on a horse at 1.20 m or above
16 – 18 years: minimum of 2 double clear rounds in National/International 1.30m classes and above.
19 – 21 years: minimum of 2 double clear rounds in National/International 1.40m classes and above.
22 – 25 years: minimum of 2 double clears in 1.45+ or been placed in top 10 at a 2* Grand Prix
Due to a change in funding priorities by Sport England, this programme is not being offered for Equestrian Sport. If this programme is offered again in the future, information will be available on this webpage.