The Howden Way – Young Horse Development Days

Following the announcement of The Howden Way earlier this year, British Eventing are delighted to announce that the first Young Horse Development Days are due to take place in August and September.

Applications are welcome from combinations that meet the criteria detailed below. Once applications have reviewed invitations will be extended to those successful as soon as possible after the closing date.

The Young Horse Development Days will give each combination two training sessions with one focusing on the flat and the other over fences. The sessions will allow for riders to receive expert advice and guidance from coaches who are recognised as leaders in the field of developing young horses.

The Development Days will also serve to select combinations for The Howden Way Young Horse Academy. Combinations selected for the Academy will be offered a comprehensive training programme over the winter period, specifically centred on producing the young event horse with input from leading expertise.

Young Horse Development Days:

30th August         Aston Le Walls
Coaches:             Kylie Roddy and Matt Lanni

20th Sept             Northallerton Equestrian Centre
Coaches:             Fred Bergendorff and Darrell Scaife

Application criteria
Riders aged 28 and below with a:
– 6 year-old that has achieved two Novice double clears or
– 7 year-old that has achieved two Intermediate double clears

Riders outside of this age group, who have a horse that meets the above criteria and who would like to access this support and attend the viewing days, are invited to apply via the same process. Please note however, that priority will be given to riders of 28 years and under.

The closing date to apply to attend the 30th August Development Day at Aston Le Walls is Friday 12th August.

The closing date to apply to attend the 20th September Development Day at Northallerton EC is Monday 5th September.

Please send your emails to  detailing the rider name and membership number, horse name and membership number along with a short overview of why you would like to apply for the Development Day and be considered for The Howden Way Young Horse Academy .

Notes on the Coaches

Darrell Scaife
Youth Performance Manager for British Eventing, Darrell has a wealth of experience in coaching and developing younger riders.  A former international event rider Darrell is a Fellow of the British Horse Society and a BE Master Coach. Under his guidance, the youth teams secured an outstanding result of double gold, Individual Silver and Individual Bronze at the Junior & Young Rider European Championships, Hartpury.

Fred Bergendorff
Fred is an extremely supportive and goal-driven UK CC Level 3 coach and former Swedish eventing European Championships Gold Medallist. Head coach for the Swedish Eventing team, Fred is a valued coach for British Equestrian working with high-performance riders that have been selected to represent their country.

Kylie Roddy
An international event rider who competes at CCI 5* level, Kylie is also a qualified Fellow of the BHS. Producing young horses for future eventing careers is a particular passion and she has been responsible for many horses that have gone on with great success.

Matt Lanni
A former international showjumper that has competed on British Teams from ponies through to senior Nations Cup teams, Matt hails from a third generation highly respected equestrian family.  A BEF Elite Equestrian Coaching graduate and former Pony Chef d’Equipe for British Showjumping, Matt currently delivers the role of National Talent Pathway coach and BEF World Class P3 Eventing Coach working with world class riders such as Ros Canter, Tom McEwen and Yasmin Ingham.

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