Young Eventers Programme Opens Applications for the Second Year

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Young Eventers Programme 2019 welcome applications for a second year!

After a successful and exciting first year, the Young Eventers Programme is open to applications for its second year. Prospective riders can apply for a place on the programme from the 10th June until the 10th of July. Selections will take place on the 9th September 2019. The fantastic opportunity is open to young riders between the ages of 21-25, who are based in the UK.

The 2018 riders have had a busy year so far, starting the programme with their education sessions offered in collaboration with The Young Riders Academy at the five-star show, CHI Geneva and in Lausanne at the FEI headquarters. Their first group training session followed with Pippa Funnell, British Olympic rider, winner of The Rolex Grand Slam, three-time winner of Badminton and twice former Individual European Champion.

The Windrush Equestrian Foundation has announced that Pippa will once again be acting mentor and trainer for the 2019 programme.

Mary Edmundson, a member of the 2018 team, who came 6th in the CCIYH2*L Tattersalls on Porridge Town talked about her training with Pippa:

the week we spent at Pippa’s was really inspirational and exceptional, she was so generous with all of her time and effort she put into helping us”.

The girls have achieved outstanding results this season. Susie Berry came 1st at the intermediate at Rockingham with John The Bull. Her success has resulted in being nominated for the Irish Eventing Squad in the 2019 European Championship and Tokyo 2020 Olympics.  Alex Kennedy, another rider from the 2018 team, came 4th in the CCI3*U25-L Tattersalls on Global Milchem JJ.

The Young Eventers Programme continues apace with education sessions in Lugano this June. Further training with Pippa Funnell is scheduled to take place. Topics will include mental coaching, veterinary, course building and much more.

The selection panel will be formed by Yogi Breisner, former world-class Performance Manager of the British eventing team from 2000 to 2016, Darrell Scaife, Coach Mentor at BEF and High-Performance Manager for the Zimbabwe Eventing Team, Eleonora Ottaviani, President of the Riders Academy and Director of the International Jumping Riders Club, and Emma Chesworth, member of the Board of Directors at the Windrush Equestrian Foundation.

We look forward to building on the success and learning from our first year and giving a new group of young riders this once in a lifetime opportunity,”

says Emma Chesworth.

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