Posted on 1st October 2019

Alex Colquhoun steps down as Young Rider Chairman

After ten incredible years of service as Chairman, Alex Colquhoun has marked 2019 as his final year at the helm of the Young Rider Programme.


Joining as a Young Rider Selector in 2000, Alex was then appointed as the Chairman in 2009 and has been Chef d’Equipe to the British Young Riders at 11 consecutive European Youth Championships. During his time as Chair, Alex has led the squad to nine team and 11 individual European medals, including eight golds.

Alex leaves the British team as the reigning Young Rider European Champions, following their team gold medal in Maarsbergen, Netherlands, this August where they also secured an individual silver and bronze medal.

Testament to his career as a Selector and Chairman, the British Young Rider Programme has produced a total of 37 medals over the past 20 European Championships with many of the riders under Alex’s guidance going on to have successful senior careers. After winning team gold in 2010, Tom McEwen took team gold at the World Equestrian Games in 2018, whilst Laura Collett has been selected for three senior European Championship squads since her team and individual gold medal in 2009 and, just two years after taking a team silver medal as a Young Rider, Holly Woodhead and DHI Lupison represented Great Britain at the 2015 Senior European Championships.

British Eventing Chief Executive, Jude Matthews said; “I cannot thank Alex enough for his many years of outstanding service. His guidance and experience has led the Young Riders to an incredible number of European medals and helped to develop some of our top senior riders today - he will be sorely missed as a member of the team.”