Young Rider Programme

The Young Rider European Championships will represent the peak of the British Young Rider Programme, however the programme also provides expert training and support to help combinations achieve their goals and get the most out of the BE experience. 

The Young Rider European Championships take place every year in a different European host country and sees Europe's best Young Riders compete for team and individual medals at CCI3*-L level. The British Young Rider Championship, which crowns the British Under 21 Champion, is held at Houghton International Horse Trials.


Riders are required to be between the years of their 16th birthday and 21st birthday.

View the BE Rules and Members' Handbook for full details

British Young Rider Championships

Hosted annually at Houghton International Horse Trials, the 2019 British Young Rider Championship will take place on 23-26 May.

View MERs and eligibility HERE.

Young Rider European Championship

The 2019 European Championship is being 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 Championships, combinations must have obtained minimum eligibility requirement (MER) at a CCI3*-L between 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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Young Rider trials

You will see in the British Eventing magazine that there will be several OIu21 and some Au25 classes throughout the season – Selectors will attend the following specific NAF Young Rider Trials and may attend the remainder.

Date Venue Class Code
March 15th-17th Lincolnshire OIu21
March 29th-30th Belton International OIu21 and Au25
April 6th-7th Weston Park (1) OIu21
April 27th-28th Withington Manor OIu21 and Au25
May 8th-11th Aston-le-Walls (2) OIu21
May 23rd-26th Houghton International - NATIONAL U21 CHAMPIONSHIP CCI-LYR3*
June 22nd-23rd Farley Hall - Final Trial OIu21
July 11th-14th Maarsbergen, Netherlands - YOUNG RIDER EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS  

Selectors and Official

  • Alex Colquhoun (Chairman) 
  • Sarah Bullen (Selector)
  • Sue Bagley (Selector)
  • Mrs Frances Hay-Smith (Selector)
  • Emma Fisher (Team Coach) 
  • Ali Butler  (Team Vet) 
  • Gemma Harriss (BE International and Youth Coordinator)

About the Programme


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

GB Young Rider Team