Posted on 1st November 2019

BE Announces Youth Performance Programme Coaches and Selectors

As part of the ongoing development of the British Eventing Youth Performance Programme, we are delighted to announce the new coaches and selectors of the programme.


Youth Performance Coaches

We are pleased to welcome Christie Wright, Caroline Moore and Philip Surl as the new Youth Performance Coaches.

Christie Wright is a BHSI and UKCC Level 3 (eventing) coach with experience competing up to 5* level and, along with her work on the British Equestrian Federation Podium Potential Pathway, has a background in coach mentoring and assessment.

Caroline Moore is a passionate and proactive coach of riders at all levels and was instrumental in the development of the BE Under 18 Programme over the past eight years. Achieving the highest equestrian coaching accolade in 2008, Fellow of the British Horse Society, Caroline is also a UKCC Level 3 (eventing) coach, has competed up to 5* level and is the home coach of 2018 World Champion, Ros Canter.

A graduate of the Youth Programmes and former 5* rider, Philip Surl has been involved in the development and performance of riders for many years through his role as Assistant Eventing Performance Manager from 2013 – 2016 and Nations Cup team manager since 2017. Philip is a UKCC Level 3 coach (eventing) as well as undertaking many key roles in the sport, including BE Regional Coordinator and Technical Adviser.

Youth Performance Selectors

A panel of six selectors have been appointed to identify and select combinations for the annual Youth European Championships, which in 2020 take place at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire, from 27 July – 2 August. The panel, in alphabetical order, are:

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

To oversee the process of selection and ensure that the selection policy is adhered to, Charlie Lane has been appointed as the Independent Chair of the Youth Performance Selectors. Charlie has been involved in many aspects of British Eventing for several years, and will be responsible for upholding the integrity of each decision to ensure that the reputation of Great Britain, British Eventing and British Equestrian Federation is maintained.

Jude Matthews, BE Chief Executive, said; “Along with the announcement earlier this year of Darrell Scaife as the new Youth Performance Manager, these appointments continue with our aim of creating greater synergy between our youth programmes and also now mirrors the structure at Senior level.  

“We’re excited to work with this experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated team of people, to continue and build on the achievements of our programmes for future British success in the sport.”

Darrell Scaife added; “These appointments, alongside those already embedded in the Youth Performance Team, bring together a diverse and highly skilled group of people. Working together, our aim will be to form a circle of support around the athletes as they journey through the BE Youth Programmes.”

Find out more about the Youth Performance Programme HERE