The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) has dropped the Equine Pathway from its funding programme.
The BEF said that the reduction in the level of funding for its World Class Programme for the Tokyo cycle (2017-2020) was a contributing factor in its decision to curtail a number of previously funded initiatives at the end of 2016. The future of the initiative will now be reviewed going forward.
Acting Performance Director Sarah Armstrong commented; “Since its inception in 2007 we recognised the training value the Equine Pathway has provided to athletes and owners entrenched in the development of talented young horses for the future. However, it was acknowledged that the programme’s structure and core objectives were in need of review. The constraints of the funding award for the Tokyo cycle have provided an opportunity to review and refresh how the World Class Programme can best support a pool of top class horses in the UK and ensure that talented athletes are well-mounted to enable their competitive careers to shine on the world stage. This review will form part of the BEF’s wider horsepower strategy for the Tokyo cycle.”
The BEF’s UK Sport funding award for the Tokyo cycle was confirmed in December 2016 and saw equestrian sport awarded a total investment of up to £19,635,180, representing up to £15,361,769 for Olympic sport and up to £4,273,411 for Paralympic sport, during the four-year cycle.