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

  • Approximately five 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.

For 2018 edition, riders are invited to jump either in Italy (Toscana Tour, April 4-8) or Germany (Landgestüt Redefin, May 4-6). During these events candidates’ performance will be evaluated by the selection panel.

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 judge their personal qualities with regard to education, motivation and ability to communicate.

By end of May, the selection group will identify 2018 YRA team members.

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

This panel works for three years, after which a majority of its members could be replaced so that the process is kept open and transparent.

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

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

A former selection panel member can be trainer the following year and vice versa.

Sven Holmberg, Sweden (Sport Manager)

Member of the Board of the Swedish Equestrian Federation for 15 years.

Involved in the Organization of Göteborg Horse Show since 1979, Member of its Executive Committee 1991 -2012. President at 3 World Cup Finals in Gothenburg.

Foreign Judge, member of Ground Jury in WEG Jerez, President of Ground Jury at European Championship 2003 and 2007.

Sports director and responsible for all disciplines at WEG 1990 in Stockholm.

President of Ground Jury Athens Olympic Games 2004.

Chef d´Equipe Swedish dressage team 1988 – 1998, Olympic Games Seoul, Barcelona, WEG The Hague, Rome and four times at European Championships.

Member of FEI Jumping Committee (since 2001), Deputy Chairman since 2002, chairman 2005 – 2010.

FEI 1st Vice President 2006 -2010.

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

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.

Dirk Demeersman, Belgium

Dirk Demeersman is one of the most successful riders in the history of Belgian show jumping.

Dirk is a self-made man, he achieved everything on his own.

Despite some setbacks, he never gave up hope and always worked hard to be the very best.

Thanks to his talent to train all different kinds of horses, his ability to adjust himself to these horses and his discipline and self-motivation to train every day, he has established himself in the world`s top 100.

www.dirkdemeersman.be

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.