As part of the ongoing development of the British Eventing Youth Performance Programme, BE has announced the new coaches and selectors of the programme.
Members under the age of 21 make up about 20% of the BE membership, and its Youth Performance Programmes are an essential part of the sport, with many participants going on to compete at the top. The programmes are designed to provide riders with competitive experience within their age group, help them develop a greater knowledge of the sport and further their riding careers. It helps identify talented riders and horses that have the potential for international recognition and encourages and develops their talent. A top-quality programme of training with the Youth Performance Coaches during the early months of the year provides young riders with the platform they need to progress and work towards team selection for either the Junior or Youth Rider team at the annual Youth European Championships.
Christie Wright, Caroline Moore and Philip Surl have been welcomed as the new Youth Performance Coaches.
Christie Wright is a BHSI and UKCC Level 3 (eventing) coach with experience competing up to 5* level and, along with her work on the British Equestrian Federation Podium Potential Pathway, has a background in coach mentoring and assessment.
Caroline Moore is a passionate and proactive coach of riders at all levels and was instrumental in the development of the BE Under 18 Programme over the past eight years. Achieving the highest equestrian coaching accolade in 2008, Fellow of the British Horse Society, Caroline is also a UKCC Level 3 (eventing) coach, has competed up to 5* level and is the home coach of 2018 World Champion, Ros Canter.
A graduate of the Youth Programmes and former 5* rider, Philip Surl has been involved in the development and performance of riders for many years through his role as Assistant Eventing Performance Manager from 2013 – 2016 and Nations Cup team manager since 2017. Philip is a UKCC Level 3 coach (eventing) as well as undertaking many key roles in the sport, including BE Regional Coordinator and Technical Adviser.
A panel of six selectors have been appointed to identify and select combinations for the annual Youth European Championships, which in 2020 take place at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, from 27 July – 2 August. The panel, in alphabetical order, are:
• Sue Bagley
• Craig Barr (non-voting)
• Jon Collins
• Jane Peters
• Sue Stewart
• Sally Taylor
To oversee the process of selection and ensure that the selection policy is adhered to, Charlie Lane has been appointed as the Independent Chair of the Youth Performance Selectors. Charlie has been involved in many aspects of British Eventing for several years, and will be responsible for upholding the integrity of each decision to ensure that the reputation of Great Britain, British Eventing and British Equestrian Federation is maintained.
Jude Matthews, BE Chief Executive, said; “Along with the announcement earlier this year of Darrell Scaife as the new Youth Performance Manager, these appointments continue with our aim of creating greater synergy between our youth programmes and also now mirrors the structure at Senior level. We’re excited to work with this experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated team of people, to continue and build on the achievements of our programmes for future British success in the sport.”
Darrell Scaife added; “These appointments, alongside those already embedded in the Youth Performance Team, bring together a diverse and highly skilled group of people. Working together, our aim will be to form a circle of support around the athletes as they journey through the BE Youth Programmes.”