Young Rider Programme

The Young Rider European Championships will represent the peak of the Saracen Horse Feeds 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, dates for the Saracen Horse Feeds British Young Rider Championship will be published with the 2020 fixtures calendar later in 2019.

View 2019 MERs and eligibility HERE. 2020 MERs and eligibility will be published in the 2020 BE Rules and Members' Handbook.

Young Rider European Championship

The 2020 European Championship is being hosted in Hartpury, Gloucestershire (GBR), 27 July - 2 August.

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

Details on the Young Rider Trials will be published here when available. 


Selectors and Officials

  • 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