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Supporting Team GBR
Back in March 2010, The British Equestrian Federation (BEF) appointed Dodson & Horrell as the official suppliers of nutrition to the British Equestrian Team for the next three years. This includes the London 2012 Olympic Games; an event that we are all looking forward to following the incredible 19 medals won by the riders at the World Equestrian Games (WEG), which were held in August this year.
As part of this three-year deal, not only do we supply horse feed to the team where required, our technical and sales teams worked together to coordinate the logistics needed to send 265 bags of feed over to WEG, each of them marked up to feed the right horse’s mouth. Dodson & Horrell are also playing a key role in providing impartial advice on equine nutrition for performance, which will be vital as the horses and riders prepare for the major competitions that have coming up next year and onwards.
Team GBR competes in not only the Olympic equestrian disciplines of dressage, eventing, showjumping and para-equestrian dressage, but the World and European stages also play host to driving, endurance, reining and vaulting. Team GBR also refers to the British Youth Teams, which compete across three age groups very successfully in dressage, eventing and showjumping. The British Youth Teams include:
- Pony: 12-16 years
- Junior: 14-18 years
- Young Rider: 16-21 years
Supporting British Stars of the Future
The work that we are doing with Team GBR also extends to the World Class Programme, where our future equestrian stars receive the training and advice needed to help them to progress to Senior level competition, giving the riders the chance to compete on an Olympic scale.
The World Class Programme underpins Team GBR in the sports of dressage, eventing, show jumping and para-equestrian dressage. The aim of the World Class Programme is to provide a sustainable system that can deliver more international medals by identifying talent, maximising potential and delivering success. The programme has been funded by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, through Exchequer and National Lottery funds, via UK Sport since 1998.
The World Class Programme is made up of the following three programmes:
World Class Performance: The top programme which provides elite riders with the best possible preparation to represent Team GBR in European, World, Olympic and Paralympic competitions, with the sole aim of winning medals. This programme helps the best riders, such as Piggy French and Oliver Townend to be the best in International competition.
World Class Development: World Class Development Programme was established back in 2002 and divided into World Class Potential and World Class Start. This programme provides a training pathway to help up and coming riders to realise and achieve their dreams. The programmes provide foundation to success and young riders progress from World Class Start, through to World Class Potential and hopefully onto the Performance Programme.
The Equine Pathway: As the name suggests, The Equine Pathway identifies those horses with the potential to develop into medal winning horses, making them truly World Class. Dodson & Horrell will be helping to provide nutritional advice for those horses you’ll see at the 2012 London Olympic Games and beyond. The emphasis for Para-Equestrian Dressage is on identifying the "right" horse(s) for each of the riders on the World Class Programme.
For further information on Team GBR, please visit www.equestrianteamgbr.co.uk