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Novice under 18 Programme


U18 championship venue frickleyWhat is the ONu18 Programme?


The Open Novice Under 18 Programme is a training and competition schedule designed to provide riders with competitive experience alongside riders within their age group. They will also develop a greater knowledge of the sport with an aim to furthering their riding careers. It also provides a stepping stone between the Pony Club, Pony Programme, BE100Ou18 Programme and those ready to take part in the Junior Programme.


The country is divided into eight regions, each with its own Under 18 Regional Coordinator, and riders are required to register for their region to compete in Open Novice under 18 (ONu18) classes. Each region will hold a minimum of four ONu18 qualifying competitions giving riders the opportunity to be selected for their regional team and compete in the ONu18 Regional Team Championships, held at CCI1* level and hosted at Frickley Park in July. Riders competing in under 18 regional classes will benefit from free coaching support and course walks from our experienced BE Accredited Coaches.


Qualifying competitions can be found HERE

Who can join the ONu18 Programme?

The Open Novice Under 18 Programme is open to all eligible members who have their 12th to 18th birthday in the current year and are capable and qualified to compete at BE Novice level.


The ONu18 Regional Team Championships.

Held at CCI1* level the ONu18 Regional Team Championship sees each of the eight regions enter a team of 10 riders with the best four scores at the end of the competition counting as the regional team score.

Please see the BE Members' Handbook for further details.

Are my horse and I eligible for the ONu18 classes and Championship?

  • Riders must be in the year of their 12th-18th birthday to compete in ONu18 classes. However, riders must be in the year of their 14th – 18th birthday in order to compete in Under 18 Regional Team Championships (CCI1*) as per FEI rules.
  • ONu18 classes are open to all grades of horse/pony aged six years and above.
  • You must be a Full Member or Day Pass Member with Day Passes.
  • All combinations must be registered on to the BE u18 programme.
  • Horses can be any Grade on a Full Season Ticket, Half Season Ticket or Day Passes.
  • Horses may be any grade to compete in ONu18 classes, but in order to be eligible for the Championships they must not have completed an Advanced, CIC3*, CCI3*, CCI4* in the current year.
  • To compete in ONu18 classes riders must complete three Minimum Eligibility Requirements (M.E.R.s) at BE100/BE100 Plus/BE105 (if you are in the year of your 16th birthday three M.E.R.s must be obtained as a horse/rider combination).
  • The qualification period for the 2018 ONu18 Championships will run from July 1st 2018 until June 30th 2019 - qualifying competitions can be found HERE.
  • Riders may compete in out of area ONu18 competitions.
  • Riders should compete as a combination in a minimum of two ONu18 classes, with clear XC within the qualification period. One ONu18 must be within region preferably in the current year, one ONu18 may be out of region.
  • Riders can only compete in one of either the ONu18 Regional Team Championships, or BE100Pu18 Regional Team Championships at Frickley Park.
  • Riders may compete on multiple horses/ponies in ONu18 classes but can only qualify one horse/pony for the Championships.
  • The participation in the ONu18 classes and selection for the ONu18 Regional Team Championships is at the sole discretion of the Chairman of the under 18 programme and the Under-18 Regional Coordinators and selections will be made in line with the Under 18 Championship Selection Policy.


For the 2019 Championships, please refer to the Selection Policy available to download from this page hereRiders aiming for the Championships should make sure they are aware of all of the content within the Selection Criteria. 

If you have any queries, please contact your U18 Regional Coordinator, or e-mail with your query. 



  • Registrations are completed online here.
  • If you live on the border of two regions you can opt for the Region in which you compete most frequently