The British Showjumping Sporting Excellence Study Programme (formally AASE)

The brand new Sporting Excellence Study Programme (SESP) follows on from the former Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE). This programme was hugely successful in developing and preparing talented young athletes (age 16-19) who have a real chance of excelling in their sport and competing on the international stage.

Haddon Training offered the AASE for British Showjumping since 2013. With six cohorts already completed, they have seen students going on to compete for Great Britain internationally both at Youth and Senior Level.

The new SESP programme offers the same level of training and development, where selected talented riders are given the chance to improve their skills whilst learning how to manage all aspects of life as a professional in showjumping. Riders will have the chance to continue their education in a relevant and inspiring environment, and benefit from training with showjumping’s top coaches. Riders must attend 6 two-day training camps during the programme and complete a portfolio of evidence which meets the Awarding Organisation Standards.

British Showjumping sees SESP as an essential tool to enable talented riders to benefit from expert coaching in all aspects of the sport.

It will offer you the potential to maximise opportunities and pursue a career in British Showjumping. This is both as a competitive rider in the short and medium term, or in a long term alternative career in the field.

During the SESP programme you will:

  • Learn how to perform at the absolute highest level.
  • Benefit from top level coaches, facilities and support.
  • Improve your expertise in technical and tactical skills, mental and physical development, goal setting and preparing for competition.
  • Plan your career in elite sport and alternative sport-related employment.

Develop life skills, including communications, teamwork, creative thinking, self-management, dealing with the media and lifestyle management.


AASE 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 reprented 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.