a select few must have competed in the European Championships, while the others are endorsed by their respective National Federations, with a maximum of three candidates per Federation.

Candidates must meet stringent requirements, including excellent riding skills as demonstrated by their results in 140-150 classes, a detailed personal profile that outlines their education, interests, and aspirations, as well as a thorough personal and familial background.

Selection for the team is based on a rigorous evaluation of the riders' performance in competition, as well as their flatwork and warm-up routines. Additionally, each participant will undergo an interview process to assess their personal qualities, including their level of education, motivation, and communication abilities.

Selection Panel will announce the newest members of the YRA team for the upcoming year few weeks after selection.

The choice of the optimal pairing of trainer and rider will be a joint endeavor involving both the panel and the selected team member.

Selection Panel

In addition to nominating the riders, the panel also chooses the professionals responsible for training the selected candidates throughout the year. These trainers are chosen on a yearly basis, and their performance is evaluated at the end of each term. Interestingly, it is not uncommon for a former selection panel member to transition into the role of trainer the following year, and vice versa.

Selection Panel Members

Sven Holmberg, Sweden (Sport Manager)

Otto Becker, Germany

Professional rider, he represented Germany in several Nations Cups, including European Championships, World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games.

Team gold medal European Championship 2003; team bronze medal European Championship 2001; team silver medal WEG 1990; team gold medal Olympic Games 2000; team bronze medal Olympic Games 2004.

Since March 2004 he runs his own stables in Albersloh near Münster and from 2009 up to date he is German National Coach and Chef d’Equipe for Jumping.

Jean Maurice Bonneau, France (Chef d’Equipe and Technical Advisor 2019/2024)

Jean-Maurice Bonneau began working in the profession as a stable hand, and then as a rider of young horses.

He was a top level rider from 1987 to 1996, a member of the French team and a bronze medal winner in the team event at the European Championships in 1995.

He had also developed his skills as a trainer in France and abroad, especially in Japan.

He was the trainer-selector of the French show jumping team from 2000 to 2006, and his most important victories were: the gold medal in the team event and the silver medal individually at the World Championships in 2002, the silver medal in the team event at the European Championships in 2003, victories in the Samsung Super League in 2003 and 2004, and the victories in the World Cup in 2004.

While he continues to be implicated in the equestrian industry and in the federal organizations (FFE, FEI), he also created JM BONNEAU CONSEIL in 2007 and has developed activities which are linked to his experience, his knowledge of the world of top level sport and equestrian disciplines, his qualities as a trainer, a coach, a manager and an organiser.

Emile Hendrix, Netherlands

Professional rider, he represented Netherlands in more than 65 Nations Cups, including European Championships, World Equestrian Games and Olympic Games.

In 2000 he was nominated a member of the FEI Jumping Committee by the International Jumping Riders Club.

He is also advisor of several show organizations and riders. From 2002 trainer of young talented riders.

He has been sport director of international show in San Patrignano and is sport director of CHIO Rotterdam.

He is KNHS board member with the portfolio 'Top Sport' since November 2011 and chairman of the national show CH Midden-Limburg.

Franke Sloothaak, Germany

Franke Sloothaak is a world known trainer and a German show jumping champion, Olympic champion from 1988 and 1996.

Sloothaak still holds the world record for the indoor Puissance when in June 1991, he jumped a record-breaking 2.40 m.

Jeroen Dubbeldam, Netherlands

Jeroen Dubbeldam is a Dutch show jumping champion and trainer.

Dubbeldam competed at the 2000 Summer Olympics held in Sydney, where he won a gold medal in Individual Jumping on the horse De Sjiem.

He won gold in the individual jumping event at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France as well as being part of the winning Dutch team in the team jumping event on the horse Zenith FN.

Dubbeldam also won Team and Individual gold at the 2015 Aachen European Show Jumping Championships on Zenith FN.He qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics and was the Dutch flag bearer for the Parade of Nations. In Individual Jumping, 7th as individual, in the Team Jumping competition, the Dutch team finished also in 7th place.