The depth of horses and riders continues to build across the disciplines and that makes ESNZ high performance general manager Jock Paget very happy.
“It is always challenging in horse sport as you need the horsepower at the right age and stage to meet the criteria but the pathway is fluid enough to allow athletes back on when they have rebuilt,” he said.
ESNZ has today released the high performance squads in eventing and jumping following a review in December. There was no change to the dressage high performance squads in this review, reflective of the programme having only been in place since April.
While the eventing high performance squad remains unchanged – featuring Tim Price with Falco and Coupe de Coeur Dudevin – and Jonelle Price with Grappa Nera, there have been a number of shuffles in the other squads. There are 18 combinations on the high performance futures squad, and eight riders on the high performance potential squad including New Zealand based rider Christen Lane (Hawke’s Bay), alongside UK based Bundy Philpott, Ginny Thompson, Hollie Swain, Lauren Innes, Tayla Mason, Abigail Long and Vicky Browne-Cole. The talent development squad welcomes two new athletes to squad taking the total to 6 and talent ID squad features seven athletes.
There are no combinations on the jumping high performance squad. However, the high performance futures squad has grown to now include eight combinations who are based both on and offshore with a potential eye on the Paris Olympic Games. There have been plenty of changes in the high performance potential squad which has been whittled to six riders, of whom just two are onshore. The talent development squad has five riders, with 12 on the talent ID squad.
Applications closed this week for all disciplines talent ID squads which will now be reviewed in the new year giving selectors a chance to follow athletes over the remainder of the season before the next squad review in June 2024.
By Diana Dobson -HP Media Liaison