Junior Programme

Registration on to the Junior Youth Performance Programme is required for any combination aiming for selection for the Youth European Championships. While the Youth 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.

Eligibility to join the Junior Programme

Riders are required to be between the years of their 14th birthday and 18th birthday.

To join the Junior Programme, combinations must have achieved the Minimum Eligibility Requirement for CCI2*-L:

(4 x Novice PLUS 1 Intermediate) OR (4 x Novice PLUS 1 x CCI2*-S) OR (6 x Novice)

International MER:

  • Dressage: Not more than 55  penalties
  • Cross country: Clear jumping with no more than 75 seconds exceeding the optimum time
  • Show Jumping: Not more than 16 jumping penalties

National MER:

  • Dressage: Not more than 50 penalties
  • Show Jumping: Not more than 16 jumping penalties
  • Cross Country: Clear jumping with no more than 30 time penalties

The Youth Performance Manager in conjunction with the Regional Youth Chairman reserve the right to co-opt any athlete/horse combination onto the programme.

Please be aware that to compete in an International competition (FEI) both rider and horse must be registered with the FEI. For more information, please go to: International | British Eventing

How much does it cost to join the Programme?

Registration onto the Programme costs £27 per combination. The fee is an annual charge for each combination entitling them to register on as many of the programmes as they choose, which is valid until 31 December 2022.

At registration, riders select the Programmes that they wish to engage with as a combination. If combinations wish to join additional programmes as the season progresses, that will also be possible under the same registration fee. 

Members who have purchased a Premier membership will not have to pay the £27 additional fee as it is included in the membership.



An important reminder for international riders.This includes Young Riders, Junior Riders, Pony and Seniors. 

1. From 1 January 2022, the FEI HorseApp will now be required for all riders competing at any FEI competition (1* - 5*), anywhere in the world

ALL horses competing at ALL FEI Events must fulfil the Horse Health Requirements via the FEI HorseApp.  More information can be found here: Horse Health | FEI

The FEI has stated:

EHV-1 By-Law No. 5. Mandatory rectal temperature checks of all horses twice daily at Events, with the readings entered in the FEI HorseApp.
EHV-1 By-Law No. 10. Horse Health Status Self-declaration by Athlete/Groom including horse rectal temperatures for the THREE days prior to arrival at the Event, both entered in the FEI HorseApp.

2. Members wishing to compete in any FEI competitions are reminded to look at the relevant FEI Rules and Regulations.

Eventing Rules - 

3. To compete at an FEI competition, both horse and rider must be registered with the FEI. This must be done annually. Please check you are registered before you enter an event. For more information on FEI International Competition (1*-5*), please go to International | British Eventing


Please find below the list of all the BE U21 classes and championships for 2022:




10 – 13 March

Oasby (1)


16 – 27 March

Cirencester Park


01 – 03 April

Thoresby Park International

OIU21, AI, A, AU25, 2*S,

3*S, 4*S

09 – 10 April

Weston Park (1)


22 – 24 April

Kelsall Hill


30 – 01 April/May

Withington Manor International

OIU21, A

06 – 08 May

Richmond (1)


20 – 22 May

Rockingham Castle International


26 – 29 May


BE U21 Championships 3*L

02 – 04 June

Belsay International

2*L, BE Pony Championships 2*S

09 – 12 June

Branham International

BE U25 Championships 4*L

18 – 19 June

Catton Park


24 – 26 June

Farley Hall


02 – 03 July

Somerford International


22 – 24 July

Aston – Le – Walls


30 – 31 July

Cholmondeley Castle


25 – 31 July

Hartpury European Championships

CH-EU-J 2*L & CH-EU-Y 3*L. JR & YR Europeans.

13 – 14 August

Hopetoun (2)


27 – 29 August

Wellington International


09 – 11 September

Cornbury International

2*, 3*

23 – 25 September

Kelsall Hill (2)


01 – 03 October

Little Downham (4)


15 – 16 October

Oasby (2)




Alongside the regular OIU21 classes, there will be four main observation trials in the spring this year, and combinations wishing to be considered for the EU Youth Championships should aim to compete in two of these observation trials. Junior combinations should also aim to compete in the CCIJ2*-L at Belsay, and Young Rider combinations should aim to compete in the CCIYR3*-L at Houghton. 

01-03 April 2022

Thoresby – JNRs/YRs


22-24 April 2022

Kelsall Hill – JNRs/YRs


30 April – 1 May

Withington – JNRs/YRs


20-22 May

Rockingham – JNRs


26-29 May

Houghton – YRs


02-04 June

Belsay – JNRs



If you intend to compete at other Three-Day Events as an alternative to Belsay or Houghton then please let the Youth Performance Manager know and likewise if you would like any help with competition planning.



Junior Championships 2022

British Junior Championships

The British Junior Championships: venue and date TBC

Junior European Championships

The 2022 European Championship will take place at Hartpury, Gloucestershire on 25 – 31 July.

Please note:

Junior athletes wishing to be considered for selection should aim to compete at Belsay International CCI – LJ2*, 2 – 4 June.

All combinations must be certified by their national federation as qualified to compete at the required level.

View full details in the FEI Rule Book HERE.

Selection Policy

Selectors and Officials

Youth Performance Manager - Darrell Scaife

Email: darrell.scaife@britisheventing.com 

International and Youth Performance Coordinator – Tirion Budd

Email: tirion.budd@britisheventing.com 

Youth Performance Selectors

  • Charlie Lane (Independent Chair)
  • Sue Bagley
  • Sarah Bullen
  • Jon Collins

Youth Performance Coaches

  • Christie Wright
  • Caroline Moore 
  • Philip Surl 

Youth Performance Vets & Physios

  • Peter (Spike) Milligan
  • Ali Butler
  • Emma Dainty

Youth Performance contact

For more information on the Youth Performance Programme, including eligibility and MERs, please contact International and Youth Performance on international@britisheventing.com.