The Wesko Equestrian Foundation, a non-profit organisation founded in memory of Christina Knudsen and her passion for eventing, has announced its further expansion via the Young Eventers Pathway which aims to support 60 young riders, between the ages of 21-28 years, with training, education, and support.

The Foundation aims to support young eventers from every background, to become better athletes, with a vision to create an eventing community and peer learning environment that surrounds these riders, who are participating in the programme, expanding its support from grassroots all the way to five-star riders.

Applications for the 2023 intake of riders to the Young Eventers Pathway are now open and will close on 1 January, 2023.

All levels of rider

The new Young Eventers Pathway will operate at three different levels encompassing the grassroots of the sport (BE80, BE90 and BE100), a combined CCI2* and CCI3* pathway, and a combined CCI4* and CCI5* pathway. Each Pathway will welcome up to 20 supported riders, with a minimum of two riders at each level receiving full funding for both the ridden training and education programme.

Each pathway level will feature a tailored training programme, with all ridden training taking place at Aston-Le-Walls. Riders will benefit from expert training, advice and mentorship from Pippa Funnell MBE, Nicola Wilson, Richard Waygood MBE, five-star dressage judge Nikki Herbert and British Equestrian Assistant Performance Manager, Philip Surl.

The Pathway riders will have shared access to a 12-month education programme, that will offer riders support in a variety of areas, from business to media training, fitness and nutrition, and equine welfare.

“I am delighted to be supporting the new programme that the Wesko Equestrian Foundation are launching, and I very much look forward to getting started with many exciting up and coming riders and their horses,” said Nicola. “It is a fabulous foundation allowing riders to draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience in a lovely environment.”

With the Foundation named after his CCI5* winning mount, Wesko, FEI World Number 1, Tim Price continues as Foundation Ambassador.

“The help the foundation gives to young riders is invaluable, to have that support system in place to be able to help and guide you is second to none,” he said. “The change to Pathway training days will see more riders across all levels have access to this support and programme and I’m very excited to see the progress the riders will make.”

To apply for the 2023 intake, click here

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