Junior Programme

The purpose of the NAF Junior Programme is to identify talented junior riders and their horses that may have the potential for International recognition, and to provide help and encouragement to develop that talent and potential.

The Junior Selectors and the Junior Team Coach work closely with the Under 18 Regional Coordinators and Regional Coaches who will be helping to find suitably talented combinations from the Under 18 Novice Programme.

A programme of training with the Junior Team Coach during the early months of each year provides the opportunity for rider education, as well as their connections. Formal trials at selected venues, and open competitions at other venues, will give riders a chance to demonstrate their potential in competition.

While the Junior European Championships will represent the peak for the chosen squad, every effort will be made for all who participate in the programme to gain from the education and the competition and to have fun while doing so.


Riders must be in the year of their 14th birthday until the end of the year of their 18th birthday.

View the BE Rules and Members' Handbook for full details

NAF British Junior Championship

In 2019 the British Junior Championship will take place at Rockingham International Horse Trials on 17-19 May, and will be run at CCI2*-L level.

In addition to being qualified for CCI2*-L, horses and riders as a combination must have completed one Intermediate level competition with no more than 20 cross country jumping penalties in the current or preceding year.

View the full details HERE.

Junior European Championships

In 2019 the Junior European Championships will be hosted in Maarsbergen, the Netherlands (10-14 July).

All combinations must be certified by their national federation as qualified to compete at the required level.

For the European Championship, combinations must have obtained a minimum eligibility requirement (MER) at a CCI2*-L between the 1 January in the year preceding the Championship and the closing date of the nominated entries for the Championship. View the full details HERE.

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Junior Trial Schedule 2019

Selectors will be at each Trial and Caroline Moore, the Team Coach, will be conducting a course walk at each Trial for those who wish to join her.

Date Venue Class Code
March 7th-10th Oasby (1) OIu21
March 16th-17th Pontispool (1) OIu21
March 29th-30th Belton International OIu21 or CCI-S3*
April 6th-7th Weston Park (1) OIu21
April 19th-21st Kelsall Hill (1) OIu21
May 17th-19th Rockingham Castle - NATIONAL JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP CCI-S3*
June 14th-16th Nunney International - Final Trial OIu21
July 11th-14th Maarsbergen, Netherlands - JUNIOR EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  

Selectors and Officials

  • Mr Darrell Scaife (Chairman)
  • Ginnie Keen (Selector)
  • Tessa Mackenzie-Green (Selector)
  • Frances Hay-Smith (Selector)
  • Sally Taylor (Selector)
  • Caroline Moore (Team Coach)
  • Peter 'Spike' Milligan (Team Vet)  
  • Gemma Harriss (BE International and Youth Coordinator)

Junior Programme


For more information on the Youth Programme, including eligibility and MERs, please contact Gemma Harriss on gemma.harriss@britisheventing.com or 02476 010356.

GB Junior Team