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Step up to Gold

Step up to Gold 2015/2016 Programme




Sport England and Newbridge Sport Horses funded programme 



Aimed at progressing and establishing riders at 1.35m/1.40m Gold League Level. 

The programme will consist of:

  • National and regional training days with Matt Lanni and a regional coach.
  • Strength and Condition coaches working individually with riders to develop a training programme
  • Sport Science support including horse physio, saddle experts, veterinary talks, anti-doping talks and travelling abroad workshops.  
  • Coach and organisational support at a national show abroad and an international show in the UK
  • Funding will cover training fees, sport science support, strength and condition coaches and some other associated costs such as entry fees and stabling. 

Two riders will be selected from each region and will be assigned a regional coach to have ongoing training throughout the programme. The regional coaches are incorporated with the national training to allow consistency at training and shows.  The riders are selected for a 1 year period.




Not to be established at 1.40m+

A current British Showjumping member

Not to be currently involved in any other government funded programme e.g. Excel 

Not to have jumped on any Young Rider or Senior British Teams 

Reside in England

Must fully commit to the programme and endeavour to be present at all training and show dates

Maximum selected


Programme Personnel    

Justine Naylor- Programme Manager

Anna Garside – Programme Lead

Matt Lanni - Head Coach


Regional Coaches 2016/2017

North-Eve Staveley

          Nicola Sheard      

East-Edward Brook

West-  Michael Jones 

South-Lee Williams


Riders 2016/2017

Rachel Connor (Lancashire)

Phillip Curtis (South & West Yorkshire)

Lisa Jones (South & West Yorkshire)

Nicki Bates (Sussex)

Guy Elson (Kent)

Michaela Huntington (Essex)

Georgia Lovett (Warwickshire)

Katie Pytches (Leicestershire)

Lucy Turner (Leicestershire)


Selection Process

How to apply

Attend one of the four regional training and selection days through October. Complete an application form once applications open, if you are eligible your place at one of the sessions will be confirmed. From here 2 riders from each region (if applicable) will be selected.  

Applications are open for 2017 closing date Monday 25th September. For more information please contact Anna Garside on 02476698810 or

Application Form 

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