Elite training opportunity for young riders

By: Horse Deals

Elite training opportunity for young riders
Elite training opportunity for young riders

Talented riders looking to make their sport into their profession have a new incentive to help them on to the career ladder. From September 2013, Hartpury College, through their Equine Academy and in conjunction with British Dressage (BD), British Eventing (BE) and the British Equestrian Federation (BEF), will bring the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) to equestrianism.

The course offers selected talented riders the opportunity to progress their skills whilst learning how to manage all aspects of life in a professional sport, as well as the chance to continue their education at the same time.

AASE is open to riders aged 16–19 who meet specific criteria set by BD and BE, and those who are selected will have the choice to complete the course either at Hartpury or from their home training base.

Hartpury’s Director of Elite Sport, Phil de Glanville comments: "Hartpury Sport has already produced a number of talented riders who have gone on to compete, and win, at international level. Although the AASE scheme is new to equine, it is not new to Hartpury, where it has been highly successful in other sports like rugby, netball, and modern pentathlon. With the facilities, coaching and teaching on offer here we really feel that we can offer talented riders the best chance to succeed."

The course has a variable duration, starting at 12 months for a full-time Hartpury-based student, through to more flexible packages for those who choose to take the apprenticeship from home.

With discipline-specific programmes for eventing, dressage and para-dressage, apprentices will combine their riding with units aimed at preparing them for all aspects of their future career.

As part of the AASE, apprentices will have access to a high quality training environment with modern facilities plus the benefit of coaches, conditioning experts, physiotherapists, nutritionists and one-on-one mentors.

BD Education and Development Manager Jo Brown commented: "This is a great new initiative for riders who are talented and driven to become the elite riders of tomorrow. AASE provides a great way to combine a focus on a competitive dressage career with the opportunity to learn all the additional skills which make athletes successful. Riders also have the option to study A levels alongside the apprenticeship, which gives a realistic choice for young people who want to combine further education with a growing passion and dedication to dressage."

BE Sport Operations Manager Chris Farr said: "BE is delighted to join forces with Hartpury and BD to provide this superb course to our members. The ability to combine academic study with the development of high performance sport tuition has been a resounding success in other sports. Now equestrian athletes can take up this fantastic opportunity."