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Athletes in this squad will be offered three clinics a Athletes in each of the Development Squads will be year, prior to CIC or CCI events and will be expected encouraged to ride cross country in squad saddle cloths to attend two of these and one of the Summer/Winter identifying membership of their Area Junior Development Junior camps or area-relevant Development Squad Clinics, Squad and to encourage the concept of a team where appropriate. The main training aim of the Junior performance. *Star Squad is to identify performance strengths and Each athlete will be paired with a “Mentor” drawn from weaknesses, and to provide targeted training for *Star suitable riders who have competed at CCI events at 1* & Squad and Junior Team Members. This programme is 2**, who do not normally compete more than two horses intended to complement the training which is provided by at any event, and who are prepared to volunteer help. For an athlete’s regular coach/es, and will cover additional instance, a mentor could be an athlete’s usual coach, or, areas of knowledge required for successful competition at as is often the case due to the pressures on professional Three Day Event level. riders at events, a suitable alternative person. Athletes’ Personal development, fitness, nutrition of athlete and progress at events will be assisted by their mentor and horse, managing soundness (pre- during and post-event), followed up with their Area coach and together these goal-setting and budgeting, entering events, registration people will be responsible for charting their progress up requirements, managing long-distance transport, in-depth the grades safely and with quality performances. knowledge of The Eventing Rulebook, competition Squad coaches have been selected on the basis of their protocols and long-term planning and analysis will be wide-ranging experience in all aspects of Eventing – covered in clinics. Guest experts have been sourced not just their riding success. The Development Squad who will be available to present these topics at an coaches are not expected to be a replacement for an appropriately professional and in-depth level. athlete’s private coach, but will work with a rider to help The Junior*Star Squad will receive an identifying uniform, identify areas that need work, and to provide direction and representative NSW Team members will be provided and assistance in improving access to appropriate, with additional uniforms and team patches. While training quality training. will be on a user-pays basis, we are hoping that some Foundation Development squad athletes have been sponsorship may be available to athletes on this squad. included on the basis of their 2009 performance where (Watch this space!) the criteria for selection is: Suitably qualified Young Riders (i.e. up to the end of A minimum of three completions as a horse-athlete turning 21 years) may also be eligible to attend junior combination at the level of application (ie. Introductory, squad training on a similar user-pays basis to Squad Preliminary or Pre Novice) in official competition with: members. The expansion of the Junior *Star Squad to include Young Riders at 1 and 2** level is currently under (a) 50% or above in dressage phase, review, and expressions of interest are welcome. (b) Clear of cross country jumping penalties, (c) No more than 3 rails in jumping. The Junior Development Squad (JDS) includes junior athletes who have achieved good, consistent Priority has been given to athletes who met the criteria performances in 2009 at all levels from Introductory to during 2009, while a reserve list of nearly qualified Pre Novice. Development Squad riders will access training athletes has also been created in one of four areas, one in each of the following areas/ Athletes may decline an invitation to join the squad, and districts (Central-Sydney, South-ACT/Berrima, North – non-involvement in the Development Squad will have Quirindi/Tamworth, and West - Orange). no bearing on selection for the Junior Squad or State The programme is designed to provide a structured Teams. It is acknowledged that alternative coaching pathway for Junior Athletes to progress through the arrangements, school or logistical reasons can affect grades from Introductory to Star class level. Its main this. Any athlete who meets the criteria and who is not aim is to nurture and encourage junior talent in a cost listed is welcome to apply to join a squad, as omission effective way, with group training and mentoring from could be due to clerical error, likewise athletes who meet higher level competitors. The Squad programme is not the criteria during the year are also invited to apply for expected to replace regular on-going private instruction, inclusion. but has been created to provide access to additional Additional Area Squads may be created when and if the information, group coaching (in itself an excellent need is identified, and open communication with Squad educational opportunity especially for athletes who coaches and co-ordinators is welcomed and encouraged. normally work/train in isolation), and the experience of As this squad is a development squad the members of the riding in a team environment. squad may change during the year so riders are advised Instruction will include goal setting, planning the to go to the Eventing NSW website: www.eventingnsw. Eventing programme, horse fitness and general com.au for the most up to date list of squad members. management procedures, trot-up protocols, presentation, course walks, dealing with officials and the media. At the same time personal development will be addressed, including personal fitness, cardio respiratory endurance, All photos in eventing chapter courtesy Peter Orr, Main core stability, flexibility, correct diet and hydration. Event Photography Issues regarding drugs and alcohol and procedures for notification of medications will be discussed. 39


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