The World Class Programme

The UK Sport lottery funded Equestrian World Class Programme supports a pathway to success for eventing, showjumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage athletes. The aim is to have in place a sustainable system that can deliver more medals on the international stage now and in the future. The Programme is a key portfolio within the British Equestrian Federation's support of equestrian sport.

The programme's mission is to:

  • Identify talent
  • Maximise potential
  • Deliver success

The World Class Programmes across all sports must focus their attention on three key areas; firstly, identifying talent; secondly, developing talent; and thirdly, producing performance on the World stage. The Equestrian World Class Programme is no different, although of course we need to do this not only with the rider but also with the horse. The World Class Programme therefore fits into three conjoined areas: the Equine Pathway, Podium Potential and Podium. The one principal that underpins all that the Programme does, and which we can never do enough of, is communication. 

The Plan comprises three programmes:

The programmes work closely with the three British Equestrian Federation Olympic Member Bodies; British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping. World Class work alongside Discipline Programmes run by these three Member Bodies, and assist in supporting the Pony, Junior and Young Rider squads at Championships and through coaching development. 

The Equestrian World Class Programme has been funded by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, primarily from the National Lottery, via UK Sport since 1998.

> Visit the Equestrian Team GBR website for more information about the British teams

Related News

Please select a link below

BEF national para-equestrian classifier course to be held in 2018
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) is coordinating a continuous professional development course on 13 and 14 January 2018, to train those who are...
16.11.17
BEF announces next stage in process to decide the future of its Equine Development programmes
The BEF has completed a period of review of the initial expressions of interest in running its Equine Development programmes - Futurity, Equine Bridge...
13.11.17
BEF gets behind Anti-Bullying Week 2017
Marking the start of Anti-Bullying Week, the British Equestrian Federation is supporting the Anti-Bullying Alliance
13.11.17
BGA Reveals Shocking Bullying Statistics
A recent survey conducted by the British Grooms Association (BGA) revealed that over 70% of grooms have been bullied (including being the recipient of...
09.11.17
Athletes welcomed on to new BEF Young Professional Programme
A new programme to support young professional riders was launched this week by the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) with University Centre Hartpury...
03.11.17
BEF confirms appointment of Interim Independent Director to complete board and names Interim Senior Independent Director
Kevan Taylor has been co-opted as an interim independent non-executive director (INED) of the British Equestrian Federation, completing the board appo...
31.10.17
BEF votes for change to structure ahead of compliance with A Code for Sports Governance
The British Equestrian Federation’s member bodies today (26 October) voted unanimously, at an Extraordinary General Meeting, to approve new Articles o...
26.10.17
Emerging talent inducted onto the BEF Excel Programme
The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has inducted the next squad of athletes onto the 2017-2019 England Excel Talent Programme.
19.10.17