GB hopeful Beer trains with the best

GREAT Britain dressage hopeful Melissa Beer was put through her paces at the British Equestrian Federation England Excel Talent Programme performance camp.

Melissa, 20, joined up with European Team Gold Medallist Emile Faurie at Vale View Equestrian Centre in Leicestershire late last month for a camp with covered all aspects of riding and competing, plus veterinary care, farriery, rider fitness and nutrition, and sports psychology.

The Barns Green rider is one of 11 talented young dressage riders benefiting from inclusion on the BEF England Excel Talent Programme – a new Sport England initiative that aims to identify and nurture potential Olympic riders.

Melissa commented: “We packed a huge amount into two days. There was a strong focus on the importance of building a solid support team – ensuring that our trainers, vets and farriers all communicate and work together.

“We were also reminded that we should consider ourselves as athletes, so devising fitness plans and thinking about diet is just as important as making sure our horses are in tip top shape.”

This two-day course was the first in a series of BEF England Excel Talent performance camps across the Olympic disciplines.