The Windrush Equestrian Foundation presents a new programme to support young riders develop a successful career as a professional Eventer.
London, September 21, 2018
The Windrush Equestrian Foundation is a non-profit organisation founded in memory of Christina Knudsen that recognises both her passion for eventing and her desire to nurture young talent.
It launches its first pilot project, The Young Eventers Programme, developed to seek out up and coming riders. The aim is to support them in their education and training by offering them a pathway to becoming professional eventers and supporting themselves in business within the industry.
“The world of Eventing is highly competitive, and cost can be a prohibitive factor. The Young Eventers Programme gives riders who are not already receiving funding, an exceptional opportunity to achieve their equestrian dreams as it offers bespoke training programmes and prepares them for life outside the eventing world. This is a legacy that Christina Knudsen would be proud of,” assures Jane Chablani, Chairman of the Board.
This programme will provide the opportunity to three talented young riders from the age of 21 to be mentored and trained by Pippa Funnell, British Olympic rider, winner of The Rolex Grand Slam, three-time winner of Badminton and twice former Individual European Champion, at no cost. In collaboration with The Young Riders Academy in Switzerland, the programme will also include professional education in business and economics, communication, mental coaching and veterinary.
“I feel honoured to be involved in this exciting new project. Helping to educate young event riders in all-round horsemanship is something I feel passionate about. Sharing all the knowledge I have acquired over 35 years in the sport, the focus will be on all elements of equestrianism including training and management, the selection and production of young horses and the development of individual programmes. My main priority throughout will be making riders understand the individuality of each horse and that the horse’s welfare is absolutely paramount,” says Pippa Funnell.
The final selection day will be on Friday 26th October, with the selection panel formed by Pippa Funnell, Sven Holmberg, Sport Manager of the Young Riders Academy and Eleonora Ottaviani, President of the Riders Academy and Director of the International Jumping Riders Club. A shortlist of up to six candidates will be drawn up: this will be based on riding skills and will involve an interview regarding their background, education, ambitions, and ability to communicate.
The applications and criteria for this incredible opportunity are now open; a link to the application form can be found on our website: www.windrushfoundation.org.uk.