Sport-by-sport - Equestrian
|Chief Executive||Andrew Finding|
|Performance Director||Will Connell|
|Funding Award (2009-2013)||£13,395,100|
|London 2012 Performance||3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze|
|Athletes on World Class Programme||69|
|Past Performances||Olympic Games, Beijing, 2008: Bronze (2) - Team Event, Tina Cook (individual eventing)|
|Press Officer||Claire Shand|
|Press Officer tel||02476 698 877|
|National governing body||British Equestrian Federation|
“Lottery funding has allowed us to deliver physiotherapy support to riders in their home training environment thus meaning they do not waste valuable training time travelling. We can also fund coaches to travel around the country supporting athletes at their home training bases.”
Will Connell, Performance Director
Great Britain is one of the world’s most successful equestrian nations and has a rich history at the Olympics, having medalled at all but three Games in which a British team has entered since 1948.
In recent years, Britain topped the medal table at the 2010 World Equestrian Games and won team gold for the first time ever at the 2011 European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam.
UK Sport’s investment in the British Equestrian Federation has increased by more than £1.5million from the Beijing to the London cycle, to a total of almost £13.4million. UK Sport funding is based on an assessment of the number of medals available and the number of athletes Equestrian has with a realistic potential of reaching an Olympic final in London 2012 or Rio 2016 and helps support the sport and athletes in a number of ways.
There are currently 69* athletes on the UK Sport supported World Class Programme, including Kristina Cook, Mary King, Pippa Funnell, Carl Hester and Emile Faurie, who have all been on the Programme since 1998.
Seeking to secure a sporting legacy from the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, UK Sport worked with the British Equestrian Federation and EventScotland on the successful bid to bring the 2015 European Eventing Championships to Blair Castle in Scotland, a critical event for Olympic qualification in 2016.
Equestrian coach Corrine Bracken is currently on UK Sport’s Elite Coaching Apprenticeship Programme (ECAP), a two year initiative which aims to accelerate the development of coaches already working within the High Performance System to enable them not only to have enhanced impact in the short term, but also to become elite coaches of the future.
British Dressage Chief Executive, Amanda Bond, completed UK Sport’s 2009-11 Women and Leadership Development Programme. The programme was established to address the low level of women in senior administrative positions in sport.
Did You Know?
In the Olympic equestrian events, the horse must be the same nationality as the rider.
*Accurate as of May 2012
Scott Brash riding Hello Sanctos
Peter Charles riding [Murka’s] Vindicat W
Ben Maher riding Tripple X III
Nick Skelton OBE riding Big Star
Laura Bechtolsheimer riding Mistral Hojris
Charlotte Dujardin riding Valegro
Carl Hester riding Uthopia
Richard Davison riding Artemis
Kristina Cook – riding Miners Frolic
William Fox-Pitt – riding Lionheart
Mary King – riding Imperial Cavalier
Zara Phillips – riding High Kingdom
Nicola Wilson riding Opposition Buzz
Next major event
FEI European Eventing Championships 2015
- 10 - 13 September 2015
- Funding: Up to £470,000