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International competition

Many of our BD Youth riders go on to reach the very top levels of International success and balance their school life with travelling across Europe to compete with the very best.

This page contains all the latest information for riders preparing for their busy international seasons as well as need to know facts for new riders aiming for GB squads and CDI’s.

Please note: The FEI dressage tests for Juniors and Young Riders have had minor updates for 2018 (effective from 1 January 2018), please click here to view the tests and make sure you're fully up-to-date!
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Viewing days for Pony, Junior and Young Rider 

Pony
A Viewing Day for Pony Riders looking to gain a place on either the Pony Prime or Progress Squad Training is held each Autumn. The date for 2018 is Saturday 8 September and will be held at The Unicorn Trust, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1JZ

Riders who would like to apply and meet the criteria, please see the following information and links to find out more. 

Pony Prime: 67% and above at Medium
Pony Progress: 67% and above at Elementary

Full info - click here
Application form - download here
Results chart - download here

Please send all applications to BD Youth International Officer Sharon Weir.

Children on Horses, Junior and Young Rider
Children on Horses, Junior and Young Rider National Squads are drawn up each year following a Viewing Day. The date for 2018 is Saturday 29 September and will be held at Vale View, EC, Leicestershire LE14 3LX.

These are for combinations consistently achieving or who are, in the Selectors opinion, capable of achieving the following percentages:

Children on Horses: 66% and above at Elementary.
Junior Riders (Prime and Progress Squads): 66% and above at Advanced Medium
Young Riders (Prime and Progress Squads): 66% and above at Prix St Georges

Full info - click here
Application form - download here
Results chart - download here

Riders who would like to apply and meet the criteria, need to apply in writing using the above forms to the BD office (BD Youth International Officer, Sharon Weir) for a Viewing Day at their relevant age level as soon as possible.

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To view the FEI Pony tests (2012), click here

FEI Rider Specifications (for national / international teams)

Under 11s (Regional only)
From the beginning of the calendar year of their 6th birthday, to the end of the calendar year of their 11th birthday.

Children on Horses/Under 14s
From the beginning of the calendar year of their 12th birthday to the end of the calendar year of their 14th birthday. Ponies or horses are eligible for CDI competitions but must be six years old of over. For FEI Championship events riders must be on horses only.

Pony Rider/Under 16s
From the beginning of the calendar year of their 12th birthday to the end of the calendar year of their 16th birthday. Ponies must be 148 cms or under (14.2hh) and five years old or over. For FEI competitions ponies must be six years old and over.

Junior Rider/Under 18s
From the beginning of the calendar year of their 14th birthday to the end of the calendar year of their 18th birthday, riding horses only. Horses must be five years old or over. For FEI competitions horses must be six years old and over.

Young Rider/Under 21s
From the beginning of the calendar year of their 16th birthday to the end of the calendar year of their 21st birthday. Young Riders must ride horses who are six years old and over for National and over seven years old for FEI competitions.

U25s Grand Prix
This category is for riders up to the age of 25. Horses must be a minimum of eight years old and over for FEI competitions as the tests are above Intermediate I level.

FEI tests and format for Under 25s Squads

The International Organisation is the FEI and the standards of the tests are as follows:

Pony Riders - These tests include walk pirouettes, half passes and simple changes
Juniors - These tests include flying changes
Young Riders - These tests include canter half-pirouettes and flying changes of leg.

CDI competitions at Under 21s levels start with the FEI Team test followed by the FEI Individual test. The top 12 to 18 ranked combinations in the Individual go forward to the Freestyle test.

Some venues will run a consolation class which can either feature the Team/Individual test or the Freestyle test ran as a small final.

Under 25s Grand Prix combinations competing at CDIOU25s or Championships will ride the Intermediate II followed by the Grand Prix 16-25 test. Qualified combinations then ride a Grand Prix Freestyle.

Copies of the FEI tests are available from British Dressage (at 50p each plus an A5 SAE) or can be downloaded direct from the FEI website www.fei.org

Selectors


Juniors & Young Riders:

David Trott, Nikki Herbert and Leanne Wall. 
Please contact Sharon Weir for information on how to get in touch. 

Ponies:
David Trott, Andrew Harris and Sue McMahon. 

Progress charts to log your competition results should be sent on a regular basis to your relevant Chief Selector. These are enclosed with this pack and more can be obtained by sending an A5 SAE to Sharon Weir at British Dressage or downloading here: U21/BD Youth Progress Chart

Training Dates For 2018/19

Pony Prime Squad Training

8 Sept 2018 Viewing Day - The Unicorn
6 - 7 Oct 2018 The Unicorn, Stow-on-the-Wold
10 - 11 Nov 2018 The Unicorn, Stow-on-the-Wold
8 - 9 Dec 2018 The Unicorn, Stow-on-the-Wold
30 - 31 Mar 2019 The Unicorn, Stow on the Wold

Progress Squad Training - ALL levels

13 - 14 Oct 2018 Swallowfield, Warks
10 - 11 Nov 2018 The Unicorn, Stow-on-the-Wold
8 - 9 Dec 2018 The Unicorn, Stow-on-the-Wold
2 - 3 Mar 2019 Swallowfield, Warks

Pony FEI Team Test Training

26 - 27 Jan 2019 Onley EC, Rugby
23 - 24 Feb 2019 Onley EC, Rugby

For British riders to be competitive in international events it's important that they familiarise themselves with the FEI tests. The FEI Team Test riding/training sessions are aimed at helping Pony riders work on any areas that need improvement in the Pony Team Test, International FEI Judges will judge the tests on the first day followed by individual training sessions to work on the test (from the Saturday) with the Prime and Progress trainers on the Sunday.

These days will be open to all Pony riders who are eligible and who are planning on riding the FEI Pony Tests in competition in 2018/19.

Training fees for these sessions will be £160 per weekend (stabling/catering costs are not included).

Scores from these sessions will be monitored and will be used towards eligibility for international competition selection.

Qualification for Pony Test Riding sessions

Combinations who wish to enter official test riding sessions must, within the preceding calendar year, provide two results of 65% or above from two separate judges at official British Dressage competitions in the following tests: Medium 73, Medium 75, Medium 76, FEI Pony Team or Individual. PYO classes are acceptable. H/C results are not acceptable.

To download an application form click here.

Children on Horses/Junior/Young Rider Prime Squad Training

4 Nov 2018 The Unicorn, Stow-on-the-Wold
2 Dec 2018 The Unicorn, Stow-on-the-Wold
19 - 20 Jan 2019 TBC
16 - 17 Feb 2019 Onley EC, R
   

High Performance Camps 2017/18

2 - 3 Dec 2017 Solihull Riding Club
13 - 14 Jan 2018 Solihull Riding Club
3 - 4 Feb 2018 Solihull Riding Club


Prime / Progress / Training Squads

Children on Horses, Pony, Junior and Young Riders National Squads are drawn up each year following a viewing day. These are for combinations consistently achieving or who are, in the Selectors opinion, capable of achieving the following percentages.

Squad Training
Riders selected onto Squads will be invited, at the request of the Selectors via the British Dressage office, to attend Test Riding/Training sessions.

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. Riders competing at FEI Team Test level and wishing to be considered for International competitions and European Teams MUST compete at Premier League shows.

Selection policies for Pony, Junior & Young Riders

Pony Selection Policy 2018
Junior / COH / Young Rider Selection Policy 2018

The current squads

To be announced following the 2018/2019 viewing days.

The U21 teams are kindly supported by NAF and team equipment suppliers LeMieux.

The Squads are under constant review and riders can be moved up and down according to their current situation and the moves are to help the riders in their development.

Selectors reserve the right to amend these lists as appropriate.

To find out more about the FEI, the tests and rules, click here.

 


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