Twenty five to thirty athletes between 18 and 23 years of age, with an established level of riding, are nominated as follows:

Few riders from European Championships and the others endorsed by European National Federations, with a maximum of three candidates per NF. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Riding skills based on excellent results in 140-150 classes.
  • Personal profile including education, interests, and ambitions.
  • Personal and family background.

The selection consists of a careful assessment of their riding skills both in competition, warm-up, and flat work. All participants will also be interviewed by the panel to appraise their personal qualities concerning education, motivation, and ability to communicate.

By end of February, the Sport Panel will identify new YRA team members for the year.

The combination trainer and rider will be discussed and agreed by panel and team member.

Selection Panel

The panel selects not only the riders but also the professionals who train the candidates during the year.

Trainers as well are selected for a year, after which the process is evaluated.

A former selection panel member can be 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)

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, Holland

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.