British Equestrian opens applications for 23/24 Young Professionals Programme

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British Equestrian is now accepting applications for the Young Professionals Programme for 2023/2024, a Sport England-funded initiative.

The programme is designed to support the transition from the youth pathways into the equestrian workplace.

The Young Professionals Programme is designed to support the personal and career development of young people in the equestrian industry who have their own businesses or are looking to start one in the future. Delivered in collaboration with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping, the programme is a series of interactive workshops both in person and online.

Those inducted onto the programme will have the opportunity to create a career development plan and gain the skills and confidence they need to handle different situations that can occur in the workplace. Specialist speakers will cover a broad range of topics essential to running a business, ranging from contract-writing, employment law, insurance and finances to conflict management, communication skills and building a personal brand.


Sara Bech Strøm, who is about to graduate from the 2022/2023 cohort said:

“I’ve learned a lot from our sessions that have touched on interpersonal skills in different situations, dealing with conflict, how to motivate, communicate and more. This has really helped me set up a professional mindset in running a business,” 

explains the eventer.

“The programme covers all the relevant topics within the industry and creates a good base of knowledge to either start or expand your business. 

“For me it has also been nice meeting others that are on the same journey and to expand my network within the industry and it has set me up with good resources which I can use to further my own business.”


Dressage rider Evelina Shrieve recognised the importance of all the opportunities you take in life and felt the programme offered a balance of business and personal skills, “The programme perfectly bridges the gap between both the logistics of running a business, such as bookkeeping and insurance, as well as self-development; both of which are paramount. 

“I would definitely recommend the programme to anyone who is wanting to either pursue or grow their business within the industry, as it is not only provides a huge learning experience, but also brings with it an excellent opportunity to network with people of a similar age.” 

Further details of the application process and criteria can be found here. Applications will close on 31 August 2023.

Feature image: Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters on Unsplash

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