Get ready for the 2023 Young Horse Forum

  • Written By: British Dressage
  • Published: Wed, 08 Feb 2023 11:41 GMT

The scene is set for the 2023 Young Horse Forum, with the timetable now available sharing exciting detail on this year's event hosted at the British Showjumping National Training Centre on 2 March. 

Michael Eilberg and MSJ Encore - KBIS

Whether your aim is to experience a KBIS Young Dressage Horse Qualifier in 2023 or focus on developing your young horse at home, there's something for all to take away from our first major event of the year headlined by Philipp Hess and Paul Hayler

New for 2023

We're excited to introduce new elements to the Young Horse Forum as our hosts aim to provide top class insight into producing, training and competing young horses. The first of these will be a display of the commanded route test for five year olds; ridden in pairs at each of the qualifiers, how the commanded route works is a frequently raised question at BDHQ. Our hosts will talk through how to maximise the opportunity and cover the benefits of how and why young horses are presented in pairs at this stage.

Moving into the six year old sessions, we'll shine a light on the pint-sized powerhouses of the future as the qualifier test is demonstrated by a pony for the first time at the Young Horse Forum. The KBIS Young Pony Championships is a great chance to showcase the BD Youth and FEI stars of the future, providing arena time and a format that replicates the Young Horse series. 

Our final new addition for 2023 will be the unveiling and display of the new seven year old test, now available to view online. The test includes lateral movements in trot and canter, single flying changes and collection in all three paces, similar to that of BD Advanced Medium level. The test will be demonstrated before we open up discussion around presentation and judging. 


Philipp and Paul will present a training and test riding session for each age group from four to seven year olds, here's what to expect:

09.30 - 09.45 Introduction and welcome
09.45 - 10.20 Four year old Discussion of training and development
10.20 - 10.55 Four year old Presentation of test and discussion
11.00 - 11.35 Five year old Discussion of training and development
11.35 - 12.20 Five year old Presentation of commanded route test with two horses as ridden in qualifier competitions
12.15 - 13.15 Lunch break
13.15 - 13.50 Six year old Discussion of training and development
13.50 - 14.40 Six year old Presentation of test by a young pony and discussion
14.45 - 15.20 Seven year old Discussion of training and development
15.20 - 15.55 Seven year old Presentation of new BD seven year old test and discussion
16.00 - 16.15 Closing discussion and Q&A


Tickets are just £35 (+booking fee) for British Dressage members, and £40 (+booking fee) for non-members.