Information on Selecting and Supporting Horses for the World Class Equine Pathway
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World Class Equine Pathway - Horses with Potential


Rider William Fox-Pitt winning the Rolex Kentucky event 2010 on horse Cool MountainThe World Class Programme introduced an Equine Pathway (in partnership with the BEF Olympic Member Bodies) during 2006 / 2007 to sit alongside the human development pathway in order to identify and support World Class horses.


Identify and Support World Class Horses

The purpose of the Pathway is to identify horses that have the potential to develop into medal winning horses. The Programme will then work with and support the riders and the owners of the horses in order to help them maximise the horses' potential. It is also hoped that the Programme will encourage owners to keep their horses with British riders and will enhance GBR's chances at the 2016 Olympic Games and beyond.


Selection of Horses for the Equine Pathway

Selection for the Pathway varies between disciplines and the criteria and format for each is constantly reviewed by each individual sport. Horses are identified through results linked to different age groups or through viewing of the horses.

What the Equine Pathway Involves

The development of the horses is monitored against a pre-determined (but flexible) pathway with the aim to have horses qualified to compete and challenge for medals at the 2014 World Equstrian Games/2016 Olympic Games. The emphasis for Para-Equestrian Dressage is on identifying the "right" horse(s) for each of the riders on the World Class Programme.

Support is provided in order to assist the horse to maximise its potential and on an individual basis in conjunction with discussions with the owner and rider.

The Equine Pathway aims to provide support to potential World Class horses through:

  • Monitoring horses' development through observation and communication with the owner/rider
  • Veterinary/farriery monitoring and advice
  • Training sessions
  • Coaching advice and support
  • Competition planning
  • Sports science and medicine support to the rider, if they are not already on the World Class Programme. 

A detailed record of each horse's progress is maintained and regular updates are made through competition result analysis, training reviews and veterinary assessments.


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