Selection and squads

Find out more about selection for International competition and teams.

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Under 21 International Squad

In January 2020, British Dressage (BD) instigated a review of the development pathways for riders with international and team aspirations in order to provide a clear and transparent system which makes best use of the resource and funding available.

Progress charts to log your competition results should be sent on a regular basis to Sharon Weir at the BD office. Progress charts can be downloaded here.

Selectors and support staff

The U21 selectors are Nikki Herbert and Leanne Wall - they're responsible for deciding who goes to which international competition, and ultimately the FEI European Championships.

Coach advisors oversees progression from a training perspective for Children on Horses, Juniors and Young Riders; and Clive Halsall is the current Pony team trainer.

There are two Chefs d'Equipe 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, you can ask our Chefs d'Equipe and they'll offer their support!

At BDHQ, Youth International Officer Sharon Weir takes care of your international entries and national training/selection days. If you're interested in competing internationally please get in touch with Sharon to register your interest.


Premier League Shows

All Premier League shows hold FEI Team Tests for Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders. These will be part of the Selection process and some may be compulsory for riders competing at FEI Team Test level and wishing to be considered for international competitions and European Teams

2021 Selection Policies

See blue boxes below for the 2021 policies covering CDIs and the FEI European Championships covering Pony, Children on Horses, Juniors and Young Rider categories. 

Pony/CoH/Junior/YR CDI Selection Policy

Read the FEI CDI Selection Policy 2021 - updated 06.05.21

Pony/CoH/Junior/YR CDI Euro Championships

Read the FEI European Championship selection policy for Pony/CoH/Junior/YR 2021 - updated 26.06.21

FEI Youth competitions

Learn more about the levels, tests and specifications for competing in Children on Horses, Pony, Junior and Young Rider competitions.

FEI calendar

View the FEI calendar here to plan your international season.