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Grant Schemes for Young Talented Riders

The Excel Talent Programme aims to produce a pool of up and coming talented riders across the England Regions who are not currently on the BEF's World Class Programme.

The Excel Talent Programme has been set up through funding from Sport England and is being co-ordinated by the BEF, in partnership with the three Olympic and one Paralympic disciplines of eventing, dressage, showjumping and para-equestrian dressage.

The Programme, will provide selected riders with the opportunity to have access to top equestrian specialists including: coaches, physiotherapists, psychologists, vets and nutritionists via a series of rider performance camps.

The programme runs on a 2 year cycle and details of the 2011-2013 applications can be found here. 


TASS logoTASS Scholarships

The overall aim of the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) is to assist Great Britain's most talented young athletes who wish to optimise the effectiveness of their sports and academic programmes. It enables them to take advantage of a scheme that will propel them towards Olympic medals, whilst ensuring that they can fulfil their academic potential alongside their sporting ambitions.

This system is driven through partnership working between Higher Education Institutions, Further Education Colleges National Governing Bodies of Sport and other sports organisations.

The aim for British Equestrian

The TASS programme aims to provide a seamless transition for riders filling the gaps in current provision between the World Class Programmes as well as providing a stepping stone for 'non-funded' riders into the World Class Start, Potential and Performance Programmes, while encouraging riders to pursue an academic career.

The scheme also provides effective links with regional and national development programmes such the Pony, Junior and Young Rider squads, and forms an integral component of the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model and the BEF One Stop Plans.

•Frequently asked questions about TASS
•Eligibility Criteria
•Equestrian Framework
•Application Form

Applications for 2014-15 will open in due course


For more information please contact: Sarah Armstrong, World Class Programme Manager. Tel: 07881 950543/ 02476 698874/01480 860448. Email: