Athlete Development

Long Term Equestrian Development (LTED) is a framework for the development of programs in every stage of coach and athlete development.

These programs are athlete-centered, coach-driven and supported by an integrated sport system. This roadmap provides a clear age and stage appropriate pathway for success whether it’s a child or adult wanting to learn how to ride, an athlete on the verge of high performance or an individual or family participating for the pleasure of being with their horse and involved in the equestrian world.

Equestrian Canada’s LTED 2.0 pdf


The Quest for Gold: Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (QFG-OAAP) is a program funded by the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, Culture Industries

The overarching goal of the Quest for Gold – Ontario Athlete Assistance Program (OAAP) is directly related to the High Performance Sport goal of the Canadian Sport Policy – that Canadians are systematically achieving world-class results at the highest levels of international competition – by improving the performance and number of Ontario athletes performing at the national and international level, thereby contributing to the improved performance of Canada at international competitions. 

The intent of the OAAP is to provide funding to individual athletes in the sport’s Train to Train through Train to Win categories based on their demonstrated commitment to high performance sport, allowing them to continue to pursue athletic excellence at the highest levels of national and international competition.

Ontario Equestrian (OE) receives funding for up to ten (10) athlete cards. OE athletes between the ages of 11 and 35 in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines including Show Jumping, Eventing, Dressage and Para-Dressage who meet the criteria outlined in the application are invited to apply. The selections will be made by the Ontario Equestrian Quest for Gold Selection Committee.

The 2019-2020 Quest for Gold application is now CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who applied!

2019-2020 FINAL list of Ontario Card Nominations

2019-2020 Selection Criteria

2019-2020 Application (This years application process is now closed)

Yearly Training Plan (YTP) Template

Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries

Past Recipients:

2018-2019 FINAL List of Ontario Card Nominations

2017-2018 FINAL list of Ontario Card Nominations


Equestrian Canada’s Under 25 (U25) Program for Jumping  

Created as part of the Young Riders Development Program, the U25 series was introduced to increase participation and improve performance at the FEI Children, Junior and Young Rider level. Athletes between the ages of 16 and 25 are eligible. By providing youth with a pathway to become involved in the sport of jumping from an earlier age and to pave the way for a strong pool of future Canadian Equestrian Team athletes to represent Canada on the world stage.

Explore more about the U25 Program Criteria on the Equestrian Canada Website.