Youth Performance Programmes

Members under the age of 21 make up 20 per cent of the BE membership, and our Youth Performance Programmes are an essential part of the sport, with many participants going on to compete at the top. The programmes are designed to provide riders with competitive experience within their age group, help them develop a greater knowledge of the sport and further their riding careers. If you'd like to find out more, please contact

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About the Programmes


The Pony Programme is a competition and training programme designed to produce a team to represent Great Britain at the European Championships, as well as to coach and develop riders for future participation in the Pony team.

Members who are not yet competing at Novice level are welcome to register and participate in all Pony Programme training activities. However, it should be noted that the competitions included in the programme are run at Novice level, and riders and ponies competing should be competent to run at this level of technicality.

To participate in the programme, riders and ponies must meet the following criteria:

  • Riders must be between the year of their 12th and 16th birthday
  • Ponies must be between 142cm and 148cm.

More information on competing on the Pony Programme can be found HERE.

Youth Performance Programme

The Youth Performance Programme identifies talented riders, aged between 16 and 21, and horses that may have the potential for international recognition, and to encourage and develop their talent.

A top-quality programme of training with the Youth Performance Coaches during the early months of the year will provide riders with the platform they need to progress and work towards team selection for either the Junior or Youth Rider team at the annual Youth European Championships.

The NAF Junior team is for riders aged 16 to 18 year old

The Young Rider team is for riders aged 21 and under

More information on participating in the Young Performance Programme can be found HERE.

Youth Championships

GB Youth Teams

Youth contact

For more information on the Youth Performance Programme, including eligibility and MERs, please contact the Sport Team on or 02476 698856.