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Arden’s Ashleigh Selected for World Class Development Programme


Arden is pleased to be continuing its sponsorship of young para-dressage rider, Ashleigh Jones, throughout 2013 with its Safemix Equestrian bedding.  Ashleigh has recently been selected for the World Class Development Squad by the British Equestrian Federation.

Funded by UK Sport, the Development Programme works with talented riders to maximise their potential and deliver success on the international stage.

“After such a fantastic 2012 which saw our equestrian athletes perform magnificently in London at the Olympic and Paralympic Games, it is great to start 2013 with the announcement of the Development Programme which identifies our most talented up and coming athletes,” commented Equestrian World Class Performance Director, Will Connell.

“The strength in depth across all four disciplines (dressage, eventing, show jumping and para-dressage) made the selection process very difficult. It is therefore beholden on both those athletes that have been re-selected and those that are new to the Programme to make the most of the help and expertise available to them.”

Ashleigh, like all the other riders on the Development Programme, will have access to mentoring, coaching, human and equine sports science and medicine (fitness / nutrition / equine management / farriery advice etc).

Performance is continuously assessed and riders are formerly reviewed every six months. Targets and objectives are also set, as is funding to assist with achieving these agreed aims. Selection is on a two yearly basis but this does not mean that a rider cannot be taken onto or removed from the Programme during the two year cycle.

Arden wishes Ashleigh and her lovely mare Polly much success for 2013 and beyond.

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