Equine Pathway

The World Class Programme introduced an Equine Pathway (in partnership with the BEF Olympic Member Bodies) during 2006 / 2007 to sit alongside the human development pathway in order to identify and support world class horses.

The purpose of the Pathway is to identify horses that have the potential to develop into medal winning horses, the World Class Programme will then work with and support the riders and the owners of the horses in order to help them maximise the horses' potential. Selection for the Pathway varies between disciplines and the criteria and format for each is being constantly reviewed by each individual sport. Horses are identified through results linked to different age groups or through viewing of the horses.

The development of the horses is monitored against a pre-determined (but flexible) pathway with the aim to have horses qualified to compete and challenge for medals at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2018 World Equestrian Games. It is also hoped that the Programme will encourage owners to keep their horses with British riders, which will further enhance Equestrian Team GBR chances.

Selection for the Pathway varies between disciplines; information will be posted on this page when Applications open.


For dressage equine pathway enquiries please contact Lianne Martin - lianne.martin@britishdressage.co.uk

For showjumping equine pathway enquiries please email Jane Bird - Jane.Bird@Britishshowjumping.co.uk

For eventing equine pathway enquiries please email Paula Bindley - paula.bindley@britisheventing.com