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World Class Podium Potential Programme - Riders with Potential


Will Furling new Askham Bryan U21 ChampionThe World Class Podium Potential Programme was established in 2002, and underpins the World Class Performance Programme, sharing the overall aim of winning more medals on the World Stage.

Riders are nurtured, developed and inspired to become good competitors. The focus is a balanced approach between skill acquisition and physical conditioning to ensure the skill and competencies required to compete at the highest level are developed.

About the Rider Podium Potential Programme

The philosophy behind the Podium Potential Programme is that training achieves excellence and correct training is the foundation to success. The Programme provides an established training pathway and is structured in such a way to facilitate rider improvement that will see them progress from World Class Podium Potential and onto the Podium Programme.

It includes the following elements:

  • Competition experience including international exposure
  • Coaching, advice and competitive support
  • Equine sports science; soft tissue therapy, veterinary advice and education, equine nutrition, farriery advice and education
  • Human sports science; fitness, nutrition, sports psychology, medical backup
  • A comprehensive support network
  • Performance analysis to enhance technique and improve performance
  • Developing teamwork and team spirit through innovative squad sessions
  • Lifestyle, business and communication advice
  • Promoting the concept, where appropriate, of riders basing themselves with established and successful senior riders

The riders are reviewed on a six monthly basis, with targets and objectives set and funding to assist with achieving these aims agreed. Selection is on a two yearly basis but this does not mean that a rider cannot be taken onto the Programme during the two year cycle or removed.

Financial Support

The Podium Potential Programme also provides significant funding to support the Dressage, Eventing and Show Jumping Pony, Junior and Young Rider Championship teams in addition to the funding provided to support the riders on the Programme.