The FEI Pony European Championships is an international competition, including an opening ceremony and medal presentations, which tests young competitors aged 16 and under in the three Olympic equestrian disciplines of dressage, showjumping and cross country.
The competition is fast, furious and very serious, and the riders selected to take part are extremely talented. In fact, many go on to become some of the most successful and well-known riders in the industry.
The championships will start with an opening ceremony in the Bishop Burton Arena on the evening of Tuesday, 7th August, which will include a competitors’ parade, an opening address from the Acting Chief Executive and Principal, Bill Meredith, and a speech from a representative of the FEI. The ceremony will also include live entertainment and will be followed by a garden party for guests, sponsors and competitors.
Over the course of the following five days, the competitors will battle it out on an individual and team basis to secure a coveted medal.
As part of the competition, riders will be expected to compete in the three eventing disciplines of dressage, showjumping and cross country, which will take place on the College’s 80 hectare parkland and will test riders with its mix of flat, woodland and water combinations.