Young Rider Programme

Registration on to the Young Rider 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 Young Rider Programme

Riders are required to be between the years of their 19th birthday and 21st birthday.

To join the Saracen Young Rider Programme, combinations must have achieved the Minimum Eligibility Requirement for CCI3*-S:

A, B, C and D FEI Athletes - 1 x CCI2*L/S OR 1 x Intermediate

Uncategorised FEI Athletes - 1 x CCI2*-S PLUS 1 x Intermediate

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.

Title Sponsor

Young Rider Championships

British Young Rider Championship

The Young Rider National Championship are hosted annually at Houghton International Horse Trials.

Young Rider European Championship

Following the cancellation of the 2020 European Championship at Hartpury, Gloucestershire, due to COVID-19, the 2021 Championships will take place in Segersjö, Sweden (26-29 August 2021). The Championship is then scheduled to return to Hartpury in 2022.

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

View the full details in the FEI Rule Book HERE.

Selection Policy

Young Rider Trials

Details on Young Rider Trials for 2021 will be published here when available.

2020 Trials

Date Event Level
6 March 2020 Oasby (1)


14 March 2020 Pontispool (1)


28 - 29 March 2020 Thoresby Park International


4-5 April 2020 Dalkeith (1) OIU21
4-5 April 2020 Weston Park (1) OIU21
17-19 April 2020 Bicton Arena (1) OIU21
25 - 26 April 2020 Withington Manor International OIU21/AU25
21 - 24 May 2020 Houghton International CCI3*-L
4 - 6 June 2020 Bramham International  
Final Trial 20 - 21 June 2020 Farley Hall  


Houghton Hall CCI3*-L will be the main selection trial for combinations wishing to be considered for European selection. However, the selectors may consider results from other international competitions held in the Spring. Please contact Darrell Scaife, Youth Performance Manager 07557 391622 to discuss your competition plans.

Selectors and Officials

Youth Performance Manager - Darrell Scaife

Youth Performance Selectors

  • Charlie Lane (Independent Chair)
  • Sue Bagley
  • Craig Barr (non-voting)
  • Jon Collins
  • Jane Peters
  • Sue Stewart
  • Sally Taylor

Youth Performance Coaches

  • Christie Wright
  • Caroline Moore 
  • Philip Surl 


Youth contact

For more information on the Youth Performance Programme, including eligibility and MERs, please contact the Sport Team on or 02476 010356.