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Tuesday, January 24, 2017


World Class Showjumping Equine Pathway

The purpose of the Showjumping Equine Pathway is to identify horses that have the potential to develop into medal winning horses.  The Pathway programme will then work with and support the riders and owners of selected horses in order to help them maximise the horses' potential.  It is also hoped that the programme will encourage owners to keep their horses with British riders.

The Pathway is run on a rolling basis as horses may be taken off or various reasons and other horses might be included at a later stage of their development.

Support is provided to Pathway horses in order to assist the horse to maximise its potential and on an invididual basis in conjunction with discussions with the owner/rider.  The Equine Pathway aims to provide support to potential world class horses through;

Monitoring horses' development through observation and communication with the owner/rider
Veterinary/farriery monitoring and advice
Coaching advice and support - to date Pathway horses have received training from top international coaches such as Ireland's Commandant John Ledingham.
Competition planning
Support to the rider (physio etc), if not already on the World Class Programme

The owners of the horses on the Pathway will have access to advice from all of the World Class Programme staff and it is hoped that the Pathway will assist with the development of a "feel good factor" based on a combined determination to put GBR riders on the medal rostrum in 2012 and beyond.

Once horses join the Pathway they will be required to achieve the following in order to remain on the Pathway:

EQUINE PATHWAY PERFORMANCE/SELECTION CRITERIA

For 4 year olds

Short-term goals:
To be confidently jumping double clear rounds in classes of 1.00m

Long-term goals:
Must have jumped 4 double clears in 2 round competitions of 1.00m i.e: table A7 or A9

For 5 year olds

Short-term goals:
To be confidently jumping double clear rounds in classes of 1.10m.

Long-term goals:
Must have jumped 4 double clears Newcomers in 2 round competitions i.e:  table A7 or A9

For 6 year olds

 

Short-term goals:

To be confidently jumping double clear rounds in classes of 1.20 and above.

 

Long-term goals:

Must have jumped 4 double clears Newcomers/Foxhunter in 2 round competitions i.e.; table A7 or A9 one of which must be a Foxhunter.


Selection Criteria:

The selector will be looking for horses that jump the above classes confidently and show the scope to progress. Horses should possess a loose elastic jump with the ability to shorten and lengthen around the course. They should make distances easily and jump water confidently without too much pressure. Their technique should be consistent throughout the entire course with oxers and verticals being jumped in the same style. Allowances should be made for them being a little spooky and the horse should be as confident when leaving the ring as when it came in.

 

For 7 year olds

 

Short-term goals:

To be confidently jumping double clear rounds in classes of 1.30 and above

 

Long-term goals:

Must have jumped 2 double clears in a National or International 7 year old class or have jumped 3 double clears in 1.30 classes that have been 2 round competitions i.e.; A7 or A9 or have reached the Newcomers, Foxhunter or Grade C final at the Horse of the Year show.

 

Selection Criteria:

The selector will be looking for horses that jump 7yo class fences   confidently and show the scope to progress. Horses will possess a loose elastic jump with the ability to shorten and lengthen around the course. They must make distances easily and jump water confidently without too much pressure. The horses’ technique should be consistent throughout the entire course with oxers and verticals being jumped in the same style. The horse should be as confident when leaving the ring as when it came in.

 

For 8 year olds

 

Short-term goals:

To be confidently jumping double clear rounds in classes of 1.40 and above

 

Long-term goals:

Must have jumped 4 double clears in classes 1.40 and above nationally or Internationally that have been 2 round competitions i.e.; A7 or A9

 

Selection Criteria:

The selector will be looking for horses that jump 1.40 and above confidently and show the scope to progress. Horses will possess a loose elastic jump with the ability to shorten and lengthen around the course. They must make distances easily and jump water confidently without too much pressure. The horses’ technique should be consistent throughout the entire course with oxers and verticals being jumped in the same style. The horse should be confident when being ridden inside a tighter time allowed and in a jump off situation be as confident at the end of the round as at the start.

 

For 9 year olds and above

 

Short-term goals:

To be confidently jumping double clear rounds in classes of 1.45 and above

 

Long-term goals:

Must have jumped 4 double clears in any of the following; International trials, International Stairways, CSI2* and above Grand Prix’s.

 

Selection Criteria:

The selector will be looking for horses that jump 1.45 and above confidently and show the scope to progress. Horses will possess a loose elastic jump with the ability to shorten and lengthen around the course. They must make distances easily and jump water confidently. The horses’ technique should be consistent throughout the entire course with oxers and verticals being jumped in the same style. The horse should be confident when being ridden inside a tighter time allowed and in a jump off situation be as confident at the end of the round as at the start.

 

For 10 year olds and above

 

Short-term goals:

To be confidently jumping double clear rounds in classes of 1.45 and above

 

Long-term goals:

Must have jumped at 3*, 4* or 5* level and have consistent results at 1.50m level

 

Selection Criteria:

The selector will be looking for horses that jump 1.45 and above comfortably and show the scope to jump the next level.  Horses will possess a loose elastic jump with the ability to shorten and lengthen around the course. They must make distances easily and jump water confidently. The horses’ technique should be consistent throughout the entire course with oxers and verticals being jumped in the same style. The horse should be confident when being ridden inside a tighter time allowed and in a jump off situation be as confident at the end of the round as at the start.

 

For 11 year olds and above

 

Short-term goals:

To have a counting score in Nations Cups having jumped both rounds for less than 8 faults.

 

Long-term goals:

Must be producing results at a level where the horse could be selected for Nations Cup Teams.

 

Selection Criteria:

To maintain a place on the Pathway at this age the horse will need to show the potential to be a championship horse. The Nations cup courses should be jumped in a controlled flowing way with ride ability being a key factor. Good water jumping is essential.

 

For 12 year olds and above

 

Short-term goals:

To have a counting score regularly in Top level Nations Cups having jumped both rounds for less than 8 faults.

 

Long-term goals:

To be selected for championships.

 

Selection Criteria:

To maintain a place on the Pathway this horse should show the potential to be a medal winning horse both in a team and an individual situation. This horse would have represented the country at top level producing consistent counting rounds for the team.

 


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