Pony Programme

The British Eventing Pony Programme, sponsored by Charles Owen, is both a competition and training programme designed to produce a team that will represent Great Britain at the European Championships as well as to coach and develop riders for pony teams in the future, and for the National Pony Championships. 

Eligibility for Pony Trials and Pony Open Novice


  • To compete in Pony Trials riders must be in the year of their 12th to their 16th birthday.
  • To compete in CICP2*-S classes riders must be in the year of their 14th to their 16th birthday (as per FEI rules).


  • Over six years of age, between 14hh and 14.2hh (142cm to 148cm) without shoes

View the BE Rules and Members' Handbook for full details

British Eventing welcomes everyone who wishes to participate, however it must be noted that the competitions included in the Pony Programme are run at Novice level (1.10m), with Novice level dressage, and that riders and ponies should be competent to compete at this level of technicality.

Members who are not yet competing at Novice level or above and would like to get involved can register and participate in all the training activities to better prepare them for Pony Trials.

Charles Owen British Pony Championship

Hosted annually at Brand Hall Horse Trials, the British Pony Championship for 2019 will take place on 1-2 June, run at CCI2*-S level.

Eligibility for the British Pony Championship and CCI2*-S  for Ponies

  • Riders in the year of their 14th birthday until the end of the year of their 16th.
  • Ponies must be between 142cm (14hh) and 148cm (14.2hh) without shoes.
  • Ponies must be at least six years old.
  • As a combination, pony and rider must be qualified as per the CCI2*-S eligibility criteria.
  • All entries are subject to the approval of the Chairman of Pony Selectors.

All ponies competing under FEI Rules are required to be vaccinated in accordance with FEI Veterinary Regulations and Rules for eventing.

View the full details HERE.

European Championship for Ponies

The 2019 European Championship will take place in Strzegom, Poland (15-18 August).

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 within the period 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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Pony Trial Schedule 2019

As well as competing in normal competitions as preparation, combinations wishing to be selected must compete in the Spring Trials. 

Date Venue Class Code
March 7th-10th Oasby (1) PT
March 15th-17th Lincolnshire PT
March 16th-17th Pontispool PT
April 6th-7th Weston Park (1) PT
April 27th-28th Withington Manor CCI-SP2*
May 8th-11th Aston-le-Walls (2) PT
July 6th-8th Tweseldown - Final Trial PON
July 11th-14th Strzegom, Poland - EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR PONIES  
September 28th-29th South of England (2) CCI-SP2*
October 12th-13th Calmsden PON

Selectors and Officials

  • Jill Barker (Chairman)
  • Mrs Penny Brooks (Selector)
  • Robert Haag (Selector)
  • Frances Hay-Smith (Selector)
  • Jonquil Hemming (Coach)
  • Tim Booth (Vet)
  • Gemma Harriss (BE International and Youth Coordinator)

Pony 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 Pony Team