The British Showjumping Diploma in Sporting Excellence (formally AASE)

Applications are now open – limited spaces available! 

Haddon Training Ltd, in conjunction with British Showjumping, is proud to offer a brand new Diploma in Sporting Excellence Study programme (DiSE)(BS). This programme is designed to give young people, who have left school and are under 19 years, the opportunity to work towards nationally recognised qualifications as well as gain invaluable coaching, mentoring and work experience in a relevant and inspiring environment. The learner will benefit from a comprehensive training and support programme delivered by Showjumping’s top coaches and experts.

The new DiSE (BS) programme is an alternative to the legal requirement of staying in education instead of formerly going onto Further Education or Sixth Form. Learners can choose this as their mandatory education, which is delivered in a relevant and inspiring environment, and benefit from training with Showjumping’s top coaches. Selected talented riders will be stretched and challenged to improve their skills and how to manage all aspects of life to become top performing riders. Successful candidates are expected to work-hard and demonstrate a commitment through-out the two-year programme.

Our previous Advance Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme was hugely successful in developing and preparing talented young athletes:

‘I chose to do the AASE programme for extra qualifications. I enjoyed spending time with John Killingbeck, he has a wealth of knowledge and I feel now I have a good understanding of horse management and the professionalism of our sport. I would recommend the AASE course to others, the chance to ride and learn from top horsemen and women is a great experience for anyone wanting success in the Equine Industry.’

Jake Saywell. AASE Alumni

‘I decided to apply for this programme as I was looking for a qualification to support my riding – the course covered all of the areas of Showjumping that would help me start a career in the sport. I’m very proud to have been selected to represent East Midlands for the u18 national championships at Frickley, and I hope to spend the rest of the season preparing for Young Rider Trials.

  Annabel Carthy. AASE Alumni

The DiSE (BS) programme is an instrumental route within the Talent Pathway training for producing the next top performing riders in Showjumping. Learners will attend high-performing camps covering practical and theoretical teaching, where they will develop the skills and knowledge required to be an elite athlete. You will achieve a variety of nationally recognised qualifications, as well as valuable work experience where you can apply your knowledge and skills.

The camp programmes will focus, highlight and give depth to topics such as:

  • Rider fitness, physiotherapy and awareness to injury
  • Athlete nutrition
  • Sports psychology and mental wellbeing
  • Career and financial planning as an athlete
  • Lifestyle management
  • Awareness of health & safety
  • Media and communications training

As well as the Diploma in Sporting Excellence qualifications, learners will have access to additional qualifications in the following areas:

  • The Welfare of Horses whilst being transported (legal requirement for those who do this as an economic activity)
  • Generic coaching and training at level 1 & 2
  • Level 3 Principles in Horse Care and Management
  • A recognised first aid qualification
  • Employability skills

Self-development through individualised online learning

To be eligible to apply: 

  • Students must be between the ages of 16-18 (up until your 19th birthday) at sign-up
  • Students cannot be in paid employment or in paid work whilst on programme (please check with the team if you’re unsure of your working status)
  • Students must be an EEA resident for a minimum of 3 years
  • Students who are accepted with pony performance must bring a horse to the camps
  • Unpaid work experience may be a requirement whilst on programme
  • Maths and English GCSEs will be considered when applications are submitted but are not a pre-requisite to being on the programme

Together, with the application form and the specification from British Showjumping will form part of the eligibility criteria. Not only is historic competition performance a critical part of the selection process, but to achieve a place, previous education details and exam results will also be taken into consideration.

  • 4 years; 90cm/ 1.00m – 4 double clears – minimum 1 double clear must be at 1.00m table A7. 
  • 5 years; 1.00m / 1.10m 4 double clears – minimum 1 double clear must be at 1.10m table A7.
  • 6 years; 1.10m / 1.20m 4 double clears – minimum 1 double clear must be at 1.20m table A7.
  • 7 years; 1.20m / 1.30m 2 double clears – if no double clear at 1.30m must have 4 double clears at 1.20m table A7
  • 8 years and above; 1.30m 4 double clears

Applications will be accepted from riders who are in their 16th year riding ponies and have achieved a minimum 4 double clears 1.10m, one of which must have been Table A7 on their ponies. However, if accepted onto the programme riders are required to have moved onto horses and must be riding horses throughout the duration of the course.

Please be aware combinations achieving double clears at the biggest height per age category will be given priority selection. These results must have been achieved since 1st Jan 2017.

To apply: Download the Diploma in Sporting Excellence Application Form, and send the completed form to

Closing date for application: Sunday 19th August 2018. Successful applicants will be contacted via email on Tuesday 28th August. First camps will take place at the end of September 2018.

AASE Graduate Alumni

4 AASE learners are now on the Podium Potential World Class Squad (pictured left to right).

  • Emma O’Dwyer (AASE Cohort 2)
  • Millie Allen (AASE Cohort 3)
  • Jake Saywell (AASE Cohort 1) Jake represented GB in thr Nanjing Youth Olympics 2014
  • Jessica Mendoza (AASE Cohort 1) Jess was Travelling Reserve for the Rio 2016 Olympic Team

10 learners represented Team GBR at European Championships for British Showjumping and 2 for British Eventing.

5 additional learners have represented Team GBR at Nations Cup series.

For all enquiries please contact us on or call 01672 519977.