Podium Potential was established in 2002 (then known as the World Class Development Programme), and underpins Podium.
Podium Potential provides an established training pathway and is structured in such a way to facilitate a combinations development and progression, with the objective to identify, support and develop the athlete/horse partnerships to help optimise their performances at senior championship level in the future.
The support provided to the Podium Potential squad includes the following elements:
- Competition experience including international exposure
- Coaching, advice and competition support
- Equine sports science and medicine; veterinary advice and education, equine nutrition, soft tissue therapy, farriery advice and education
- Human sports science and medicine; physiotherapy, conditioning fitness, nutrition, sports psychology, medical backup
- A comprehensive support network
- Performance analysis to enhance technique and improve performance
- Developing teamwork and team spirit through innovative squad sessions
- Lifestyle, business and communication advice
Athletes are reviewed on a six monthly basis, with performance targets and objectives being set and agreed and the support required to assist the athlete to achieve them. Selection is on a two yearly basis. It is possible that an athlete can be taken onto the Programme during the two year cycle if they are identified as excelling in their performance when measured against the programme’s minimum performance standards. Athletes can also be removed from the programme if their agreed performance targets are not being achieved.
Podium Potential has developed a successful blueprint for training riders to move up to Podium. However, to increase GBR's medal chances further, a more detailed rider performance pathway has been developed that profiles the characteristics of a potential equestrian Olympic/Paralympic medallist.