Selection and squads

Find out more about selection for International competition and teams.

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Under 21 International Squad
Ahead of the test riding days for the 2019/20 season and the finalised 2019/20 Selection Policy, the selectors are outlining the requirements for qualification at all levels and stages of the season to facilitate U21 riders and their plans. 

A number of test riding days are run throughout the year, offering riders the opportunity to work towards international selection. 

Following the first test riding day for 2019/20 season selection, the selectors have outlined the initial intake to the Under 21 International Squad. The selectors reserve the right to add or remove riders depending on performance throughout the competition season. 

U21 International Selection Critieria

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.

U21 Test Riding/training days
Test Riding, with an FEI Judge and with Selectors in attendance, will be offered covering the following tests:

  • FEI Pony Team Test
  • FEI CoH Team Test
  • FEI Junior Team Test
  • FEI Young Rider Team Test

To apply to attend the Test Riding day on Saturday 9 November at Arena UK, please apply for a place below:

Book a test riding place for 9 November

Current U21 International Squad:

Isobel Lickley with Mister Snowman
Annabella Pidgley with Cognac IX and Ine

Jessica McConkey with Lady Gaga II 
Maddy Frewin with Woodlander Rhythm n Blues
Holly Kerslake with Extasia
Jessie Kirby with Belle Amie
Olivia Wrennall with Disneyland

Young Riders
Rebecca Bell with Nibeley Union Hit
Alex Hellings with Uvender V
Rebecca Swain with Bon Jovi

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.

Paul Fielder oversees progression from a coaching 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! Caroline Bell looks after Ponies, whilst Nina Boex takes the lead for 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

Junior, Young Rider and Children on Horses

Read the selection policy for juniors, young riders and children on horses.

Pony Selection Policy

Read the FEI Pony Selection Policy.

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.