National governing body (NGB): British Equestrian Federation
NGB contact: Georgie Wheeler
A rider’s age will be calculated in accordance with FEI rules i.e. the age of the rider on their birthday in the calendar year is treated as their age for the entire year.
For all disciplines outlined below, the competition results must have been obtained between 1st October 2016 and 1st October 2017 (inclusive) unless specifically stated otherwise.
Achieving at Elem/Med (or above) on horses, final scores of 68%+ at a minimum of 3 competitions and one score at Elem/Medium (or above) of 66% at either Regional Championship, National Championship or in Team/Individual Junior classes at Premier League competitions. Horse/Rider combination must show potential to progress to Advanced Medium level.
Riders who have represented Great Britain on Pony European Teams in 2016 are eligible.
16 – 18 years
Top 15 placing individually in the Team or Individual Test at Junior European Championships in 2016 or a minimum of 3 final scores at 65% at Adv. Med Open (incl. FEI JR Team and Individual tests) achieved at Premier Leagues, Summer Regional Championships or BD National Championships.
19 – 21 years
Top 15 placing individually in the Team or Individual Test at Young Rider European Championships in 2016 or a minimum of 3 final scores of 65% or above at PSG/Inter 1 (incl. YR Team & Indv. tests) achieved at either Premier Leagues, Summer Regional Championships or BD National Championships
22 – 25 years
A minimum of 3 final scores of 67% or above at PSG or above at Premier Leagues, Summer Regional Championships or BD National Championships
A minimum of 2 final scores of 63% or above at a Premier League U25 Grand Prix or Premier League Inter. 2 level.
NB: Consideration will be given to riders who have only achieved the level of Pony Results listed below who also have competition results on a horse at BE 100 level or above.
Selected for GBR Pony European Team
Brandhall 1* Pony championship – top 10% of starters
Weston Park 2* Pony Championship – top 20% of starters
Top 3 placing at Pony Club Open Championships
Top 20% placing CCI* on a horse
Top 20% placing U18 Regional Team Championships
Top 20% placing in National U18 Championship
16 - 18 years
Top 15% of starters at the U18 Regional Championship at Weston
Top 20% of starters at National U18 Championships
Selected for GBR Junior European Team
Top 20% of starters at a CCI*
19 – 21 years old
Top 20% placing in the National U21 Championships
Top 20% placing at a Senior CCI2*
Selected for GBR Young Rider European Team
Clear round XC meeting Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) at a CCI***/CIC***
22-25 year olds
Top 15% placing in a senior CCI 2*
Top 25% starters in a CIC3*
Top 30% starters in a CCI3*
Top 40% Bramham U25 Championships
Clear round XC meeting Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) at a CCI****
15 years: to have jumped two double clear on a horse at 1.20 m or above
16 – 18 years: minimum of 2 double clear rounds in National/International 1.30m classes and above.
19 – 21 years: minimum of 2 double clear rounds in National/International 1.40m classes and above.
22 – 25 years: minimum of 2 double clears in 1.45+ or been placed in top 10 at a 2* Grand Prix
The nomination process
SportsAid only supports unfunded athletes who are nominated by their sport's national governing body. This ensures the right athletes get the right help at the right time - enhancing the sports' talent development programmes rather than duplicating them. Nominations take place every autumn. You should contact your sport about whether you meet the criteria for the next round of SportsAid awards. Meeting the nomination criteria does not necessarily guarantee a SportsAid award because the charity can only distribute what it has fundraised.
Contact Georgie Wheeler at the British Equestrian Federation.