Selection and squads

Find out more about selection for International competition and teams.

Selectors and support staff

Nikki Herbert is the Chief Selector supported by U21 Selectors Richard Baldwin and Stephen Arnett – they’re responsible for deciding who goes to which international competition, and ultimately the FEI European Championships.

The Performance Manager, currently Caroline Bell, is your go-to for everything concerning the U21 International effort. She is responsible for co-ordinating the pathway towards selection and the FEI European Championships, and helping you plan your route to the top.


Coach advisors, Clive Halsall and Peter Storr oversee progression from a training perspective for Children on Horses, Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders.

There are two Chef d’Equipes responsible for ensuring your international competitions are a positive experience! Nina Boex and Tom Hobday look after Ponies, Children on Horses, Juniors and Young Riders. If you’ve got any questions about what to expect at a show, you can ask our Chef d’Equipes and they’ll offer their support.

At BDHQ, Youth International Officer Sharon Weir takes care of all your international entries and training selection/days at home. She is responsible for maintaining the U21 International show planner. Squad riders, please keep her up to date with your show interest and availability!


Rob Oulton is our team veterinary officer and is responsible for ensuring our team horse and ponies are in tip-top form and ready to compete in their best health.

National Championships

The Rothera Bray U21 National Championship will be hosted at the LeMeiux National Championships at Somerford Park, 12 – 15 September. Rules and qualifying criteria can be found in the BD Members Handbook 2024, rule 213.

Direct qualification will be awarded to the European Team combinations and first reserves in the same calendar year of both Championships. There are then limited places across the levels as wild cards for each class, and the balance of places will be based on the highest placed league combinations for each category. Successful combinations will be notified mid-August from the BD Head office and published on the U21 International webpage.


Route to European Selection

If you are aspiring to European Selection, the pathway begins at a Premier League or High Profile Show. All Premier Leagues, and most High Profiles, hold U21 FEI Team and Individual Test classes for Ponies, Children on Horses, Juniors and Young Riders and scores in these classes in line with the current Selection Policy will enable the selectors to consider you for international competition.

The next step is selection to compete at a CDI or CDIO, either here in the UK or abroad. Once you have gone down the centre line as a GB rider, and subject to your performance, the Performance Manager can then work with you and your team to plan your development through further competition towards being in the frame for European Selection.

The Under 21 International Pathway Squad is drawn from rider/horse/pony combinations who have met the criteria to compete internationally and, in the professional opinion of the selectors, have clear form or potential to be considered for team selection. Selection then progresses through competition, the long and short lists and training camps, narrowing down talent and potential through performance, to the excitement of Championship Team announcements, usually in June.

All the criteria, important dates and scores required at each level are outlined in the Selection Policies which are updated annually and published in early December, before becoming Policy from 1st January.

Code of Conduct

Please see the code of conduct in our member's handbook on page 10 -12. 


Team Charter

Please see below the British Equestrian Team Charter document.


2024 Selection Policies

See blue boxes below for the 2024 policies covering CDIs/CDIOs and the FEI European Championships covering Pony, Children on Horses, Juniors and Young Rider categories. 

It's vital if you are competing at a national or international level you understand the rules and guidance surrounding anti-doping – both for humans and equines.


Pony/Ch/Junior/YR CDI/CDIO Selection Policy

Read the FEI CDI/CDIO Selection Policy 2024 - issued 20.12.23

Pony/Ch/Junior/YR European Championships Selection Policy

Read the FEI European Championship Selection Policy for Pony/Ch/Junior/YR 2024 - Issued 20.12.23

FEI calendar

View the FEI calendar here to plan your international season.