Young Horse Championships
The height of the respective Championship classes are based on the age classes across Europe which are in relation to a horses physical development for each age so as not to ask too much too early.
There are currently two Championships for Young Horses in Great Britain:
- The age finals at the British Showjumping National Championships, 6-11 August 2019 Schedule
- The British Young Horse Championships at Bolesworth, 14-18 August 2019 (qualifies for the World Breeding Championships in Lanakan) Schedule
Throughout the year there are specific Young Horse shows where the courses will be built for the development of the respective age horse, please click here and search for 'Young Horse' to see the available shows.
Please see below a guide to the height for each age but be mindful this will vary depending on your horse’s experience:
- 4 year old: up to 1.10m
- 5 year old: up to 1.20m
- 6 year old: up to 1:30m
- 7 year old: up to 1.35m
You don’t need to aim your young horse at every Championship but tailor the development to which Championship will best progress your horse.
If your horse has been progressing successfully and is more experienced you may want to aim for the Young Horse World Breeding Championships in Lanakan, therefore you will need to compete at the British Young Horse Championships to qualify.
How to qualify for the Championships:
The age finals at the British Showjumping National Championships, 6-11 August 2019:
- 4 yrs (style and performance): 1.05m-1.10m
- 5 year old: 1.20m
- 6 year old (Big Star): 1.30m (must have gained a triple clear from one of the Big Star qualifier classes)
- 7 year old: Incorporated within the Talent Seekers final
- Qualify from April-September the highest placed 7yr old in the top 4 in a Talent Seekers qualifier and the top 2 from the 7 year old final at the British Young Horse Championships at Bolesworth.
(horses that have achieved a double clear in the respective height prior to the entries deadline will take priority except for 4 year olds where horses that have been competing at the height prior to the Championships will take priority)
- 4 yrs (style and performance): 1.05-1.10m
- 5 year old: 1.20m
- 6 year old: 1.30m
- 7 year old: 1.35m (top 2 qualify for the Talent Seekers inc 7 yr old final at HOYS)
British Bred: four horses to qualify from the 5 and 6 year old finals and three horses to qualify from the 7 year old finals (please note the 7 year old quota for all nations home breds has decreased for 2019 onwards)
Non-British Bred: Wildcards will be awarded to the top 4 in the 5 and 6yr old and top 3 in the 7yr old above finals as long as the studbook is part of the WBFSH.
(Lanakan will confirm the number of wildcards they can accept following the definite entries date, so all horses offered a wildcard may not be selected by the organisers)
- 5 year old: 1.25m-1.30m
- 6 year old: 1.35m
- 7 year old: 1.40m-1.45m
The world Championships are run under international rules so all horses will need to register with FEI to compete.
Non-British bred places cannot be substituted with British bred horses if a horse can no longer take their place.
British Bred - A horse that holds a British based breed studbook
Non-British Bred - Includes British Breeds without British based studbooks
FEI Rules, Article 254:
|Horses entered for Olympic Games, World Championships and FEI World Cup™ Finals||Nine years of age.|
|Horses entered in Continental Championships, Regional Games and Regional Championships.||Eight years of age.
Exception: If obstacles don’t exceed 1.40m horses can be seven years of age.
|Horses entered for CSIO3*–5*Events, CSI3*–5* Events and all FEI World Cup™ Events except the FEI World Cup™ Final.||Seven years of age.|
|Horses entered for CSIO1* and CSI1*- 2* Events||Six years of age.|
|Horses entered for CSIO2* Events at which the Nations Cup Competition is built to the dimensions set forth in JRs Art. 264.3 for 2*||Six years of age.
(height not exceeding 1.35m)
|Horses entered in CSIO2* Events at which the Nations Cup Competition is built to the dimensions set forth in JRs Art. 264.3 for 3*.||Seven years of age.
(height not exceeding 1.45m)