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Monday, February 19, 2018

Children (riding horses)


The main aim is to choose the individuals and provide the preparation that will achieve the best possible results for Great Britain at the Children’s European Championships.

In addition, talented combinations will be identified and, wherever possible, given the opportunities too progress particularly through competing internationally.

The specific aims of the Selection Policy are:  To build a team capable of achieving a medal at European Championships.

The Selectors will be responsible for all selection. Viewing trials will be held within the UK of which all prospective combinations are expected to enter. Following the viewing trials combinations will be selected for Opglabbeek (BEL) TBC and Wierden (NED) 30th May-2nd June 2018 and one other TBC Nations Cups. From these events the final combinations will be selected for the European Championships in Fontainebleau (FRA) 9th-15th July 2018. 

The Children’s Selection Policy is worked out in agreement and consultation with the British Showjumping International Committee.

Eligibility/Availability for Consideration
All children, from the year in which they reach 12, through to the year in which they reach 14(subject to change), riding horses and holding British Citizenship.

Selection Criteria Individuals/Team/Team Championship/Order
The Selectors will select from any of the riders and horses who have fulfilled the selection criteria. Advice from the Team Vet will be sought where necessary. The Chef d’Equipe will decide the Team running order and individual riders and will inform riders and owners accordingly.

As part of the selection process the advice of the FEI accredited Team Veterinary Surgeon will be taken into consideration. There may be an official inspection which all horses must attend and where a blood test may be taken.  If a horse is based abroad, then an inspection will be arranged by the Selectors Chairman at the riders’ expense.

Modifications/Exceptional Circumstances
The right is reserved that, in exceptional circumstances such as injury or illness, the Selection Policy can be waived or modified in order to enhance the likelihood of achieving the stated goals. This will be done by the Selection Committee in advance of an event and the Chef d’Equipe at the event as is practicable.

Entries/Invitation to National Trials when held/Competitions
rider and/or horse is open for selection as long as they are fulfilling the criteria in the Selection Policy, and are allowed to participate in any trials and competitions providing they are qualified under the competitions’ rules.

 Selection Timetable
Dates for selection and announcement of the Squads will vary from year to year depending on what time of year the Championships are being held, but will be announced as early as possible each year and all parties concerned will be informed.

Expression of interests for teams need to be submitted to British Showjumping by 28h February 2018 on email to 

Viewing trials:

Chepstow (GBR)  26th-30h April 2018 

Fontainebleau (FRA)  3rd-6th May 2018 

Children on Horses classes

Nations Cups:

Lamprechtshausen (AUT) 18th-21st May 2018 

Wierden (NED) 30th May-2nd June 2018 

European Championships:

Fontainebleau (FRA) 9th-15th July 2018 

Changes in Policy
The Chairman of the International Committee, will have the right to amend or change selection policies, where necessary, at any time in order to fulfil the objectives of the Selection Policy.

It is presumed that the weather conditions have been considered in the selection process. However, should there be a drastic change for some reason, there might be cause for alterations to be made to the squad.

Force Majeure
If, for some reason beyond the NGB’s control, e.g. collapse of funding, disease outbreak in horses or humans, war or terrorism, unavailability of suitable horses and/or riders the British Showjumping Executive Board might make the decision either to change the selection policy or procedure, which might include withdrawing the British Team.

Selectors are entitled, within this selection procedure, to use their discretion to select combinations onto teams.


The Selection Policy is available.

Points of Contact
The key points of contact relating to this Selection Policy are :
•International Committee
• Performance Team – British Showjumping

Riders have the right to complain against the decision of the Selectors. Complaints must be in writing within 48 hours of the announcements and must be sent to the British Showjumping Chief Executive. If the Chief Executive is not able to satisfy the appellant’s concerns the complaint will be forwarded to the BEF

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