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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 the busy international season, as well as 'need to know' facts for new riders aiming for GB squads and CDIs.

Please click here to view the FEI dressage tests for Ponies, Juniors, Young Riders and Children on Horses.
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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 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, the Selectors are pleased to announce the 2018/2019 Prime and Progress Squads. To view the lists follow this link.

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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

Training Dates For 2018/19

Pony Prime Squad Training

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

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

FEI Team Test Riding/Training

26 - 27 Jan 2019 Onley Grounds EC, Rugby
23 - 24 Feb 2019 Onley Grounds 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 riders work on any areas that need improvement in the Team Test. 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 trainers on the Sunday.

These days will be open to all riders who are eligible and who are planning on riding the FEI Tests in competition in 2019.

Training fees for these sessions will be £150 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 FEI Team Test riding sessions
Ponies: 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. HC results are not acceptable.

Children on Horses, Juniors and Young Riders: Combinations wishing to enter official test riding sessions must, within the preceding calendar year, provide two results of 66% or above from separate judges at official British Dressage competitions in the following tests: the relevant Team Test or test at the level i.e. CoH Elementary 55 (new for 2019), Elementary 57, Elementary 59, Juniors Advanced Medium, Young Riders Prix St Georges. PYO classes are accesptable. HC results are not acceptable. 

To download an application form click here.

Children on Horses/Junior/Young Rider Prime Squad Training

2 Dec 2018 The Unicorn, Stow-on-the-Wold
16 - 17 Feb 2019 Onley Grounds EC, Rugby (inc. test riding)

Prime / Progress / Training Squads
Pony, Children on Horses, Junior and Young Riders 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 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 2018
Junior / CoH / Young Rider Selection Policy 2018

To view the current squads follow this link. 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.

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

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


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