A Young Riders Academy continues to develop, and it has come to its 9th edition.


The project is becoming more and more successful, and we were not expecting to live and enjoy so many exciting situations with these athletes, nor to collect such results. Several medals and placements at the YR European Championships and several riders representing their countries during Senior Championships, even with medals!

The purpose of YRA is and remains to assist in training show jumping young talents and preparing their career as future professionals in this sport. Once again, the program will give the chance to five to e i g h t promising riders to live several months of training and boarding at an established and experienced professional stable. The program also provides professional education on topics as: Veterinary, Business & Economics, Sponsoring & Communication strategies, Athlete’s Well-being, and Legal Aspects.

Each European Federation is encouraged to enter up to three candidates. Each candidate will be invited with two horses to the selection, one horse competing in classes up to 145 and one young horse (5 - 7 years). This adjustment is necessary to give selection committee a broader basis for assessing riding skills and ensuring a more objective process.

Out of these entries, a selection committee consisting of Emile Hendrix, Otto Becker, Jean-Maurice Bonneau and Sven Holmberg will select about 25 riders who will be invited to two days of selection in Peelbergen, most likely March 6 - 8, 2023 The selection will be based on jumping results (140 - 150 classes), availability of horses and candidate’s personal profiles.

At latest by e n d of March, the selection panel will appoint YRA Team 2023.

Trainers involved in YRA programs have been professionals as Franke Sloothaak, Marco Kutscher, Scott Brash, Jos Lansink, Henk Nooren, Ben, Wim and Gerco Schröder and Rob Ehrens. The assignment of the trainer to each participant will be decided by the selection committee in agreement with the applicant himself. Other trainers may also be part of the team.
Stay tuned and follow YRA 2023 journey.