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 2019 BE Rules and Members' Handbook for full details

NAF British Junior Championship

In 2020 the British Junior Championship will take place at South of England Horse Trials (1), dates will be confirmed with the release of the 2020 fixtures calendar later in 2019.

*In addition to being qualified for CCI3*-S, 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.

*Subject to change for the 2020 championship

Junior European Championship

In 2020 the Junior European Championships will be hosted at Hartpury, Gloucestershire (GBR), from 27 July - 2 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 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 Trials

Details on the Junior Trials will be published here where available.

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