Darrell Scaife appointed as British Eventing Head of Youth

British Eventing are pleased to announce that Darrell Scaife has been appointed as British Eventing Head of Youth.

Darrell will be responsible for the British Eventing Youth Programme which supports members aged 12-21 and is vital to the ongoing success of the sport in Britain.

This role will bring together a seamless training and competition framework overseen by Darrell that, via a structured training and competition framework, will allow members to see a clear pathway from those that are competing at the BE80 levels through to European Championship teams.

Whilst we have always had a strong offering for youth eventing, the new role will allow for an even stronger youth journey across all levels of the sport, supporting passionate young riders in a safe, knowledgeable and progressive environment. The new role that Darrell will now fulfil will allow him to develop the existing framework into an even stronger one making British Eventing the obvious choice for any young rider wanting to follow their eventing dreams and ambitions.

A Fellow of the British Horse Society, former five-star rider Darrell is also a British Eventing Master Coach and has worked with BE international youth squads for the last 12 years. He is the current Youth Performance Manager and has been involved in the support of riders at European and Olympic Games. He is also an FEI Coach Developer and FEI Solidarity Programme Lead Coach.

“I’m delighted to take the lead and offer one youth programme which will incorporate regional, pony, junior and young rider activity both nationally and internationally,” said Darrell of his new role. “This will be an excellent opportunity to place the young member at the centre of the British Eventing Youth Programme as we work to build on the achievements of the past whilst reshaping the future of our education and competition experience with a rider-centred approach.”

British Eventing CEO, Rosie Williams commented: “I am sure I speak on behalf of everyone when I say how delighted I am on Darrell’s appointment. We have been extremely fortunate to have Darrell working with us in the role that he has to date, and to have him now step up into the role of Head of Youth is extremely positive news. I look forward to working with Darrell as we continue to drive a youth performance pathway forward that will be the envy of other nations.”

British Eventing’s youth offer includes access to age-specific training, education and competition opportunities. Rider and horse welfare is at the forefront of our programme. Our aim is to nurture and develop potential, to encourage riders to stay engaged within the sport and to enable independent, resilient, well-educated riders who take ownership of their own learning and responsibility for their competition performances, be that at a BE80, or on the field of play at a European Youth Eventing Championship.

In addition to the all the training and competitions on offer, there is also the reassurance of our public liability cover and of course the backing of the British Eventing Support Trust who are there to support members in any way they can in their time of need resulting of an eventing-related incident.

For more information on the Youth Eventing offer please visit here

To find out more about Pony Club members joining British Eventing with a 40% discount, please visit here

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