huge investment to help develop all horses and riders

huge investment to help develop all horses and riders

  • British Eventing (BE) has announced a seven figure investment in the sport, to help ‘identify, develop and nurture its emerging talent, both human and equine’.

    The money is an investment from David Howden, CEO and Founder of Howden and Chairman of Cornbury House Horse Trials, and will be paid over five years to enable new training for riders and the creation of a course for young horses.

    The Howden Way will enrich BE’s training offer in three areas: regional training, a “talent academy” and the young horse scheme.

    “Through this investment, British Eventing will be able to introduce new regional training accessible to all riders,” a BE spokesperson said. “Regardless of an individual’s driving experience, all BE members will have an equal opportunity to participate in subsidized training and access online content remotely. Howden Regional Training Academies will strive to ensure all riders compete both competently and safely with the bespoke training program created to develop riders both in and out of the saddle .

    Talented riders between the ages of 14 and 28 can be identified by regional training coaches and invited to join the talent academy, to benefit from “tailor-made coaching and mentoring” from top trainers, to ease the transition to the elite level.

    “The Howden Way also provides an exciting opportunity for eventing to help maintain the high caliber of horses in the UK required to maintain a leading position on the world stage,” the spokesperson said. “Through the Howden Young Horse Academy, horses that have future potential will be identified and entered into an equine pathway consisting of training and competition. New age-specific BE leagues will be created to identify, introduce and develop promising five- to nine-year-old horses as they progress through the season.These leagues will also act to support the stakeholders, including owners and breeders, on whom the future of the sport rests.”

    BE’s chief executive, Helen West, described the investment as “a very exciting time and a significant opportunity” for BE.

    “The creation of The Howden Way represents the largest direct sponsorship by any of the national governing bodies of an Olympic equestrian discipline,” she said. “We are very grateful for the support provided by David Howden and look forward to the benefits our members will receive from the introduction of The Howden Way.”

    Elements of the program will be introduced this season, starting with the Young Horse Leagues and followed by Regional Training. Talent pathways will follow after more development.

    Mr Howden said: “I am delighted to support British eventing and the future of the sport through the introduction of The Howden Way. Eventing is such a special sport and through The Howden Way we want to ensure riders and young horses are given the best opportunities to reach their full potential.

    Riders, including BE pay-as-you-go competitors, will be able to access online support as well as regular regional training sessions, which will be subsidized. Young horse and talent academies will be free for riders.

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