Diploma in Sporting Excellence

Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE)

Aim
A Level 3 programme delivered by British Showjumping and Hartpury College and in partnership with British Dressage and British Eventing. The programme provides riders with opportunities to improve performance via a blended learning programme consisting of central ‘camps’ at Hartpury College and ‘home visits’ from the rider’s assigned mentor/assessor. 

The programme offers a high quality training environment, access to modern, well-equipped facilities and the benefits of conditioning experts, physiotherapists, nutritionists and mentors. Our talented coaches – who have a vast amount of competitive experience at the highest level – will encourage, nurture and support you through your elite development through the perfect scheme for aspiring riders.

The programme reflects the broad range of skills, knowledge and performance required by elite level sports people. It measures the rider’s ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their sport. It also addresses wider issues such as nutrition, lifestyle, career development, communication, and health and safety.

Additionally, riders will consider four equine-specific units: horse training programmes, horse nutrition, horse health and wellbeing, and competition performance.

The programme consists of four central camps at Hartpury which must be attended

  • 23-24 October 2018
  • 11-12 February 2019
  • 1-2 April 2019
  • 24-25 October 2019
To supplement this time mentors will make regular visits to see students at home in their own training environment, and visits to high-profile yards with access to industry-leading professionals are included.
 

What is the Award in Sporting Excellence?

A Level 3 qualification designed for riders who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level. It covers all aspects of training and sports performance support to enable riders to push themselves to the next level.

The award is notionally a two year programme for riders aged 16-18 on the 1 September 2018 who are also studying other academic qualifications at a school or college. As a Level 3 qualification, the Diploma attracts 40 UCAS Tariff points upon successful completion, this the equivalent of a ‘B’ grade at A Level. (Please note at the time of publication this is still provisional and will be confirmed to applicants at the earliest opportunity). 


Eligibility
Rider  

Riders must have 5 GCSE grades at C or above (equivlant), and be continuing in education at school or college. This is a minimum requirement to be considered for selection. You must also be resident in England and meet the sporting requirements below:

Horse:
These results must have been achieved since 1st Jan 2017.
  • 4 years; 90cm/ 1.00m - 4 double clears – minimum 1 double clear must be at 1.00m table A7.
  • 5 years; 1.00m / 1.10m 4 double clears – minimum 1 double clear must be at 1.10m table A7.
  • 6 years; 1.10m / 1.20m 4 double clears – minimum 1 double clear must be at 1.20m table A7.
  • 7 years; 1.20m / 1.30m 2 double clears – if no double clear at 1.30m must have 4 double clears at 1.20m table A7.
  • 8 years and above; 1.30m 4 double clears
Applications will be accepted from riders who are in their 16th year riding ponies, and have achieved a minimum 4 double clears 1.10m, one of which must have been Table A7 on their ponies. They must however, have moved onto horses and be riding horses for the duration of the programme.
Please be aware combinations achieving double clears at the biggest height per age category will be given priority selection.

Applications for 2018/29 programme now closed.

DiSE Riders 2018/19
Lily Freeman-Attwood
Imogen Marmont
Ewan Watts