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Help for Young Riders

The British Equestrian Federation has introduced two new programmes to help young riders reach the top in horse sport.

A new BEF Excel Talent Programme, built on the success of the Regional Foundation squads, launches this summer with applications opening in August. Meanwhile, the established Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme opened its doors for a new round of funding applications from July 1.

Young athletes with ambitions to reach the top as a show jumping, dressage, para-equestrian dressage or event rider are encouraged to apply.

The Excel Talent Programme will offer support and guidance for up and coming riders by offering a tailored pathway to support future sporting success. The programme, which has been set up through funding from Sport England, will provide riders with the opportunity to access top equestrian specialists including coaches, physiotherapists, vets and nutritionists via a series of high quality performance camps.

"The new Excel Talent Programme is born out of the success of the Regional Foundation Programmes," said Head of BEF Regional Development Maggie Still.

"Quality has always been a hallmark of the scheme but now we need to focus the resources that we have on those riders who are close to the World Class pathway. Excel will still enable us to identify talent at a regional level but help us channel our resources into delivering even higher standards of training to take riders to the top."

Applications open on August 1, and riders should be between 16 and 24 years old on first application.