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 CCIP2*-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 CCI2*-S level, the 2020 British Pony Championship will take place at Belsay Horse Trials.

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.

*subject to change for 2020, full details will be published in the 2020 BE Rules and Members' Handbook

European Championship for Ponies

The hosts for the 2020 European Championship is to be confirmed.

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.

*Subject to change for 2020

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Pony Trials

As well as competing in normal competitions as preparation, combinations wishing to be selected must compete in the Spring Trials (2020 fixtures will be published here when available). 

Date Venue Class Code
September 28th-29th 2019 South of England (2) CCI-SP2*
October 12th-13th 2019 Calmsden PON

Selectors and Officials

  • Jill Barker (Chairman)
  • Mrs Penny Brooks (Selector)
  • Robert Haag (Selector)
  • Jon Collins (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 Performance Programme, including eligibility and MERs, please contact Gemma Harriss on gemma.harriss@britisheventing.com or 02476 010356.

Past Success