Course design scholarship

British Eventing's Course Design Scholarship, funded by the Bill Thomson Bursary, is open to all levels of course designer. The main aim of this two-year scholarship is to guide and support talented course designers in order to give them the best possible chance to reach the top level of course design in the sport. The scholarship will be awarded to candidates whothe selection panel feel have great potential to grow into experienced course designers who will be able to bring fresh thinking to the cross country courses of the future.

Candidates accepted onto the scheme will be able to enjoy the following benefits:

  • Tailored help and advice from a selection of highly experienced mentors
  • Exclusive access to scholarship training sessions/course walks with a dedicated mentor
  • Potential opportunities to assist with the design of British Eventing courses at an appropriate level under the support of a dedicated mentor

About the Bill Thomson Bursary

Bill Thomson pioneered cross country design in Britain, establishing many of the methods still used today, and his flair for creating challenging yet fair obstacles remains the inspiration for the sport's leading designers worldwide. Following his death in 1993, the Bill Thomson Bursary was established to help new course builders and designers learn their craft and to ensure continual safety developments.

The bursary is a registered charity and non-profit making organisation and has helped more than 20 names become British Eventing approved cross country course builders and designers at all levels. Donations to the bursary can be made through the British Eventing Office.

Keep an eye on the British Eventing Life magazine for details of training & initiatives that BE offer through the bursary.