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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.

Our current U21 teams are kindly supported by title sponsors NAF and team equipment supplier LeMieux. 

If you're a new rider aiming for GB squads and CDIs, the below information will provide you with all the 'need to know' facts. If there's anything you're not sure about then you can email Sharon Weir, our U21 International Officer, with any questions you may have.
 

British Dressage U21 Youth Teams
2019/20 Season

Ahead of the initial Test Riding and Viewing for the 2019/20 season and the 2019/20 Selection Policy, which is due to be published in the late autumn, the Selectors are outlining the requirements for qualification at all levels and stages of the season to facilitate U21 riders and their plans. The 2019/20 season will run from 1 September 2019 until 31 August 2020.

Initial Test Riding and Squad Viewing

Viewing will be held on Sunday 8 September 2019 at The Unicorn Trust, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire GL54 1JZ. 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

For further details on eligibilty to take part in the Test Riding and Viewing, read the current 2019/20 season criteria.

Book your place

To apply to attend the Viewing Day on Sunday 8 September, please book your place below:

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FEI Dressage Tests

To view the FEI dressage tests for Ponies, Juniors, Young Riders and Children on Horses, visit the FEI website.


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 or 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 for FEI competitions as the tests are Intermediate II level and above.


FEI tests and format for Under 25s Squads

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

Children on Horses - These tests are the equivalent of Elementary and include collected and medium trot/canter, shoulder in and simple changes of leg.
Ponies - These tests are the equivalent of Medium and include walk pirouettes, half passes and simple changes of leg.
Juniors - These tests are the equivalent of Advanced Medium and include single flying changes. 
Young Riders - These tests are the equivalent of Prix St Georges and include canter half-pirouettes and flying changes of leg every third and fourth stride.

CDI competitions at Under-21 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, run as a small final.

Under-25 Grand Prix combinations competing at CDIOU25 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 used for national competitions are available from the British Dressage website (at 50p each plus an A5 SAE). FEI tests used for international competitions can be downloaded direct from the FEI website www.fei.org. FEI tests used for national and international competition are fundamentally the same, however the collective marks differ.


Selectors: 

Ponies, Juniors, Young Riders and Children on Horses 
Nikki Herbert and Leanne Wall. 
Please contact Sharon Weir for information on how to get in touch. 

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/BD Youth Progress Chart

Prime Squads

Pony, Children on Horses, Junior and Young Rider Prime Squads will drawn up each following the Test Riding and Viewing Day on Sunday 8 September 2019. Read more here.

Squad Training
Riders selected onto Prime Squads are 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, Children on Horses, Junior & Young Riders

Pony Selection Policy 2019 (updated 02/07/19)
Junior/Young Rider/CoH Selection Policy 2019 (updated 30/05/19). If you'd like a marked up copy of the changes, please contact Sharon Weir.


Pony, Junior, Young Rider and Children on Horses Prime and Progress Squads 

Following the Viewing Day for Pony Riders which took place on 8 September 2018 at The Unicorn Trust, and the Viewing Day for Children on Horses, Juniors and Young Riders which took place at Vale View on 29 September 2018, the Selectors were delighted to announce the 2018/2019 Prime and Progress Squads

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.


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