Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence
The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) has been hugely successful in developing and preparing talented young equine athletes who have a real chance of excelling in their sport.
This year it could be you – it’s not too late to apply!!
Applications are open to allow employed young talented riders to get the support they need to be the very best, all with this unique programme. The Equine Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is provided by British Dressage, Para-Dressage, British Eventing, and British Showjumping.
“The programme gave me a good understanding of the sport as a whole, including preparing myself and my horse and focusing on physical and mental wellbeing. It gave me a good understanding of how to develop myself as an athlete. It’s a really good programme and lots of fun! I would definitely recommend it.”
Jodie Hall Mcateer, former AASE student.
The apprenticeships in dressage, para-dressage, eventing and showjumping are ensuring that the top talent is starting on the right path to succeed and excel.
Not only will you be coached by world-class trainers such as Andrew Saywell, Heike Holstein and Charlie Hutton, but you will have access to a range of additional skills including career planning, physical health, performance psychology, communication and managing the media. Click here for much more information on the programme, from building your career to developing your technical and tactical skills.
Andrew Saywell coaches on the AASE programme and said, “AASE is a springboard to riders who aspire to perform at the top level by providing access to a range of vocational experts and training from internationally acclaimed coaches.”
“I was lucky enough to train with three very experienced coaches, this gave me an insight into how different people train their horses and different styles. I would 100% recommend the AASE course, it’s a great experience and you really feel like you have gained some valuable connections.”
Daniella Johnston, former AASE student.
The 2019 programme will begin in October and as part of the pathway, applicants will have access to a number of training camps throughout the year, as well as working towards a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence.
Listen to what some of our graduates have to say about their experiences
- Apply today
To apply please complete the application below and then one of the Haddon Training team will be in touch with you directly.
Please contact us if you DO NOT see the confirmation of your application here once you have applied or if you would like to discuss the programme.
The selection process is based on competitive performance records and final judgment made by the national governing board (NGB) for the chosen vocational area.
- Are you eligible?
To be eligible to apply to be part of the programme all areas below need to be met, then please check the sections further down the page for your specific discipline.
- You need to have been a resident in England for the last 3 years and have the right to live and work in England.
- You need to be employed in the equine sector in England for 30 hours per week with a contract of employment, with the ability to be released for 20% of your employed time for learning (not necessarily away from the workplace).
- You need to be at least 16+ years old (at least by 31st August 2019) and have completed year 11 in 2019 (or before).
- You can’t have prior sporting excellence qualification.
All successful applicants will need to bring and stable own horse to each camp.
- Programme timeframe and format
The programme starts now and runs for 1 year. It is not too late to apply, the first camp has happened but you can still join us.
There will be 4 x 3-day camps throughout the programme. These will be held at a location in central England in October, January, April and July.
- The first camp has run (16th – 18th October) and was held at Vale View Equestrian center, Old Dalby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE14 3LX.
- Accommodation is not provided during these camps.
- All successful applicants will need to bring and stable own horse to each camp.
Learners will work towards a Level 3 Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence
- Entry criteria for Showjumping
The below criteria must have been achieved with the rider. These results must have been achieved on horses.
- 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 of 4 double clears at 1.10m+, one of which must have been Table A7 on their ponies. They must, however, have moved onto horses and be riding horses for the duration of the programme. Please be aware combinations achieving double clears at the biggest height per age category will be given priority selection.
- Entry criteria for Dressage/Para Dressage
Riders should be competing consistently at medium level and above, also achieving 65% or more (not including freestyle or freestyle to music).
Riders will also be considered on younger horses (up to 7 years of age) who demonstrate the potential to compete successfully at International level and compete consistently at elementary or above achieving 68% or more.
Riders must have a current classification and should be consistently and currently scoring 62% in their relevant grade at BD (no freestyle will be accepted).
- Entry criteria for Eventing
The criteria must be met:
- Top 25% of starters in a CCI1* / – from 1st July 2018 CCI2* (from 2019) to close of application date.
- Top 25% of starters in the 2018 National U18 Championships
- Longlisted for the 2018/19 Junior European Team
- Longlisted for the 2018/19 Pony European Team
- Top 25% of starters at the 2018 U18 Regional Team Championships
- Top 25% of starters in the 2018 Pony Club Open Championships
- The qualifying (MER’s) results are as follows:
FEI Qualification CCI1* (2018)
- 75 or less in the dressage.
- 16 or less in the showjumping.
- Clear in the cross country with no more than 36 in time penalties.
- Pony Club Championships.
- 50 or less in the dressage.
- 16 or less in the showjumping.
- Clear cross country with no more than the 36 in time penalties.