World Class Development Riders Selected for 2009-2011
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08 Dec 08

World Class Development Riders Selected for 2009-2011

The Equestrian World Class Programme has announced the riders selected for the 2009 - 2011 World Class Development Programme.

“The selection trials were once again a great success and the standard of riding continues to improve year on year,” commented World Class Performance Director, Will Connell. “This is essential if Great Britain is to win more medals on the international stage at European, World, Olympic and Paralympic level.

“A number of riders who were part of the 2007/08 Programme have been re-selected, highlighting that the structure and training offered by World Class is successful and effective, but excitingly, some new faces have appeared indicating that the selection process continues to be consistent and fair”.

The World Class Development Programme is Lottery funded via UK Sport and seeks to identify and develop riders who have shown the potential to reach the world stage. The programme underpins World Class Performance and, together with the Equine Pathway, they comprise the Equestrian World Class Programme. It incorporates the three Olympic sports of Dressage, Eventing, Show Jumping and the Paralympic sport of Para-Equestrian Dressage.

The selection process, which takes place bi-annually, invites riders who meet set minimum criteria to viewing trials. Following this initial ridden assessment by British and international trainers successful riders are invited back to selection trials. At this final stage, the riders are assessed on their ridden skills and are interviewed.

The Development Programme is divided into start and potential within each sport and then further into gold, silver and bronze funding levels. All riders on the scheme will have access to the same World Class benefits including, equine and human health, fitness and nutritional support plus training and regular squad sessions.

Six riders across different disciplines have also been selected to join the programme as pre-start riders. These riders do not receive any direct funding but will be invited forwards to attend selected squad sessions to introduce them to the World Class system and the services it can offer.

The riders selected, by programme, are:


Ruth Edge (Cumbria)

Lucy Wiegersma (Devon)

Nicola Wilson (North Yorkshire)

Emily Baldwin (Kent)

Hannah Bate (Cheshire)

Piggy French (Leicestershire)

Harry Meade (Wiltshire)

Chris King (Wiltshire)

Gemma Tattersall (East Sussex)


Charlotte Agnew (Roxburghshire)

Laura Collett (Gloucestershire)

Ben Hobday (Lancashire)

Emily Llewellyn (East Sussex)

Sienna Myson-Davies (Surrey)

Angus Smales (Leicestershire)

Georgie Spence (Wiltshire)


Tim Rogers

Chief Selectors:

Flatwork: Tracie Robinson and Carl Hester

Jumping: Di Lampard and Leslie Law

Eventing discipline coordinator: Sarah Verney

For media enquiries please contact Anna Greenway on 02476 698877 or

For more information on the World Class Development Programme please contact Debbie Lee on 02476 698876 or