Athenaeum’s key mission is the young Riders Academy


The Athenaeum's key mission is to run the prestigious Young Riders Academy, a unique program that provides brilliant young show jumpers with the opportunity to receive world-class training and education in a supportive and nurturing environment.

By partnering with leading institutions and sponsors, Athenaeum is helping to build a brighter future for the sport and its participants.

The Academy aims to assist in training and preparing riders as future professionals in the sport, educating them in a modern system.

The program offers five to ten talented riders, aged between 18 and 23, the chance to train and board at an international stable with outstanding professionals.

The program goes beyond just training, offering senior education on key topics such as veterinary care, business and economics, communication, and legal aspects.

These subjects are taught in partnership with leading institutions as the Franklyn University of Switzerland and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

The Young Riders Academy was developed by Athenaeum in cooperation with the International Jumping Riders Club, ensuring that it is tailored to the needs of the sport and its participants.

Rolex, the world's leading Swiss watch brand, has been the main sponsor of the project since its inception, committing to a multi-year partnership to support the development of the next generation of equestrian athletes.

Sport program

YRA Teams will participate in a comprehensive program designed to provide them with world-class training, and exposure to the highest levels of international show jumping.

Athletes will undergo a tailored period of training and boarding, at an international stable, under the guidance of top professionals as Olympic riders and Olympic medallists: Scott Brash, Rob Ehrens, Jens Fredricson, Marco Kutscher, Jos Lansink, Henk Nooren, Schröder’s brothers, Franke Sloothaak and Laura Kraut with Nick Skelton.

Official clinics: teams will participate in official technical meetings during the year, which provide them with precious opportunities to learn from the best in the sport.

Major CSIs: thanks to agreements between the YRA Board, Sport Manager, and CSI's Organizing Committees, selected riders will be invited, often together with their tutors, to major CSIs throughout their educational period. This offers the athletes with a unique opportunity to participate in some of the most prestigious competitions in the sport and to gain valuable experience.

Education program

Educational sessions focus on:

Athletes will attend four mandatory educational sessions covering key topics such as veterinary care and horse welfare, business and economics, team building, marketing and communication, legal and antidoping issues, mental coaching and well-being. These sessions will be taught in partnership with leading institutions such as the Franklyn University of Switzerland and the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

Veterinary and Anti-Doping

A study of horses’ bio-mechanical aspects.
Analysis and discussion on EAD and ERMC rules – list of substances and methods prohibited in competition.
The drive is to make clear to riders what they can and cannot do in training and during competitions.

Together with a lawyer, a survey on FEI procedures regarding anti-doping violations and practical cases.
The effort is also to make riders aware of the correct approach to an anti-doping violation claim.

Business & Economics

Analysis of key guidelines vital to create the basis for cost-effective management of small entrepreneurial activities (stables / show jumping team / training center).
The purpose is to transfer the important skills to the athletes to manage their own business with a good level of profitability.

Team Building

Analysis and explanation of the essential features every group need to become an excellent performing team.
The purpose is to give athletes the required skills to create around them the ideal lineup to reach ambitious goals.

Marketing & Communication

Analysis of the latest marketing strategies and best techniques for effective, persuasive traditional and digital communication.
The purpose is to transfer to athletes the basic skills to promote themselves and their activity on the market and position their equestrian brand strategically.


Identification and explanation of typical legal arguments linked to horse’s negotiation and transactions.
Analysis of the relationship between National Federation and rider, FEI and rider. Antidoping and contamination issues.
The purpose is to teach athletes the general criteria which must be respected in buying and selling horses and to explain them the rights and duties which link rider to the FEI, and rider to the National Federation.