BE age classes to help develop young equine talent

British Eventing is delighted to be introducing Young Horse classes for the 2023 season, which will enable riders and owners to run their 6-year-old and 7-year-old horses in specific sections for horses in these age groups.

The new classes will deliver an opportunity to benchmark horses against others of the same age and offer recognition for the highest performing young horses in these classes. They will also provide increased prize money. Thanks to the support from The Howden Way, the top 3 combinations in each class will receive an additional £250, £150, £100 respectively on top of the prize money already stated on the schedule.

The classes will take place throughout the spring and summer in some of BE’s most stunning venues, including the Belsay estate in Northumberland and Rockingham Castle in Northamptonshire. The 6YO classes will be run at novice level and will get underway at Cirencester Park in Gloucestershire from 29-30 April. The 7YO classes, which will be run at intermediate level, will begin a few weeks later – starting at Aston-le-Walls in Northamptonshire and Floors Castle in Roxburghshire over the weekend of 10-14 May.

Full lists of classes are available here:



“Developing the equine talent that we have in this country is vital to the future of our sport,” said Justine Parker, BE head of training and development.

“The new provisions that we have been able to implement thanks to the support from The Howden Way – such as the Young Horse Academy – are helping us to take big strides forward in developing our home-grown talent. These new young horse ages classes will provide yet another string to the bow and will be invaluable for helping riders assess the progress of the equine proteges against their peers.”

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