Upper Sixth Millfield leaver Caitlin Clancy has been selected for the National Dressage Youth Academy.
Caitlin is one of 12 athletes selected for the programme annually who aspires to reach the highest level of dressage. Inspired by Charlotte Dujardin, the most successful female Olympian, as announced at the Tokyo Olympics, Caitlin was selected for the Youth Foundation Academy camps in September 2020 which gave her the platform to progress to the National Academy. Selections are based on the rider’s dedication to the process, improvement shown, their knowledge and ability and Caitlin’s success, highlights the work ethic and commitment she has demonstrated.
The academies develop all-round equestrian athletes and focus on performance profiling, horse and rider nutrition, rider fitness and strength, demonstrations, specific coaching, and test riding. Caitlin will receive training from top industry professionals, including Olympian Spencer Wilton and the experience will significantly boost her progression and increase her chances of reaching a high level of dressage.
Caitlin joined Millfield Prep in Year 7 and was blown away by the sports facilities on both campuses when she first visited. She said “Keeping my pony at school has been a dream for me and it has allowed me to train within the school day and balance my academic studies and other activities. Millfield has been amazingly flexible, working in partnership with my parents to ensure that I have received the training I need, both within and outside of the school. Danny Anholt, Chief Coach has been a very valued mentor to me during my time at Millfield and he always inspires me to be the best I can be.”
Having just finished her A levels, Caitlin is spending her gap year in Portugal with Olympic dressage rider Miguel Raleo Duarte. She aims to represent her country again internationally in the next few years.
Find out more about Millfield’s equestrian programme here.