Hartpury College student Milo Kennedy will represent Great Britain at the 2019 FEI Junior European Championships – one of the most prestigious equestrian events of the year.
Milo, who is on the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DISE) programme at Hartpury, has been named in the NAF Junior squad for the showpiece competition in Maarsbergen, in the Netherlands.
He will ride Sophie Douglas’ nine-year-old gelding Moher Prince at the championships, which start on Wednesday and run until Sunday.
The DISE programme is run by Hartpury – home to the largest equine educational establishment in the world – in partnership with British Dressage, British Eventing and British Showjumping.
It provides a unique opportunity for talented riders in Year 12 at any school or college, to improve performance via a blended learning programme consisting of central ‘camps’ at Hartpury College and ‘home visits’ from the rider’s assigned mentor/assessor.
The Hartpury programme offers a high-quality training environment, access to modern, well-equipped facilities and the benefits of conditioning experts, physiotherapists, nutritionists and mentors
Riders across all disciplines will complete shared core elements of the programme, alongside their specialist streams in either dressage, eventing, or showjumping.
The award is a two-year programme (2019 to 2021) for riders in Year 12, who are also studying other academic qualifications at a school or college.
As a Level 3 qualification, the diploma attracts 64 UCAS Tariff points upon successful completion, the equivalent of two A-Levels at Grade C.
Places are available on the 2019-2021 programme. Applications close at the end of this month.
Tom Staten, DISE Manager and Elite Sport Support at Hartpury, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Milo has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2019 FEI Junior European Championships.
“It’s a fantastic achievement and everyone at Hartpury would like to wish him the very best of luck in Maarsbergen – I’m sure he’ll do himself and the nation proud.
“He has approached all aspects of the Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DISE) programme in a positive and enthusiastic manner and we’re delighted that he has become another of its big success stories.”
Picture: Milo Kennedy