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Top riders can get the support they need to be the best of the best with a unique ‘apprenticeship’ at Hartpury. The Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is provided by British Dressage and British Evening and run exclusively at Hartpury. The apprenticeship in dressage and eventing is putting talented young riders based all over the country on the right path to succeed at the very highest level with the support of mentors who have played a starring role in the equestrian world – as competitors and coaches. Apprentices will also have access to a range of specialist, professional services including physiotherapy, strength and conditioning and sports psychology. The programme has had great success since it launched at Hartpury in summer 2013 as talented young riders benefit from Hartpury’s multi-million pound facilities and international level coaching.
Riders are supported to apply what they learn on 11 ‘centre’ days at Hartpury and as part of a virtual learning programme to improve and evaluate both their own performance and that of their horse. Modules are focused on improving riding, horse management, tactical skills and fitness and nutrition as well as helping riders to manage their lifestyle and their career so that they are physically and mentally prepared to meet the challenges of top level competition.
The programme is extremely flexible and is designed to fit in around students’ existing academic commitments or jobs. Many of the current AASE riders are studying for A-levels in their home town or working full-time as well as taking part in top level competitions.
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Who is eligible?
The scheme is offered across three different disciplines: Dressage, Eventing and Para-dressage. For September 2017 entry, you must:
Eventing AASE criteria for 16 to 18-year-olds:
The qualifying (MERs) results are as follows:
Riders should be competing consistently at Medium level and above and achieving 65% or more. (Applicants should have a minimum of four results at the level required in the 12 months prior to application).
Riders will also be considered on younger horses (up to seven years of age) who demonstrate the potential to compete successfully at International level and are already competing consistently at Elementary or above and achieving 70% or more.
Please note freestyle scores do not count towards minimum criteria.
Para Equestrian Dressage criteria
Riders must have a current classification and should be consistently and currently scoring 62% in their relevant grade at BD Para Dressage Competitions. Please note freestyle scores cannot be counted. On top of this, applicants, aged 16 to 19, will need to display a willingness to learn and the desire and commitment to succeed.
If you meet the entry criteria, then please download these two forms: which forms
Please fill in all the fields before returning by either: