World class future
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:46 15 June 2010
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SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Tim Rogers, from Axminster, has just heard that he has been selected for the World Class Programme in the Eventing section
SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Tim Rogers, from Axminster, has just heard that he has been selected for the World Class Programme in the Eventing section. The World Class Programme is for identifying talented potential Olympic, European or World games medal winners. Tim will be the youngest on the Eventing World Class Programme and is delighted to have been selected for the Pre-Start, especially as the standard of riding and horses at the final selection was very high. Tim took his Intermediate horse Corrieview Owen, on which he was ninth in the CCI** under 21 championships, to the selection. He also had to take a young horse and he took Owen's half brother Corrieview Thomas. He made an immediate impression. On the first day, when Tim got on, Owen bucked and Tim landed just behind the saddle. On the next buck Tim did a beautiful backwards dismount, landing on his feet, on the only bit of clean ground around! He then had to get back on Owen and go straight into the first selection.The next day he did some dressage with Tracie Robinson and Carl Hester watching and teaching. Tim had to ride one of the other candidates' horses on the flat and talk about the horse. After a quick change of tack Tim and Owen had to showjump with Leslie Law and Di Lampard assessing them. Owen went well and jumped clear. It was then Thomas's turn on the flat and he had to jump some small fences, with Jenny Loriston-Clark watching. Tim was very pleased with Thomas, he jumped well. It was the first time the young horse had stayed away from home and he behaved beautifully. After he finished riding, Tim had a interview with the selectors. The day, although it was a bit nervewracking, particularly the interview, was good fun and Tim much enjoyed watching the other horses and riders. Tim said: "I cant wait to start the training with the help I will be receiving from the World Class Programme and I am hoping it will also help to open doors to get some more rides and hopefully some sponsorship, for which I am now actively looking."WORLD CLASS: Tim on Corrieview Owen.