The FEI Pony European Championships is an international competition running 7 - 11 August 2018 at Bishop Burton College in East Yorkshire. It includes 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 Chief Executive and Principal, Bill Meredith, a speech from a representative of the FEI and live entertainment. The opening ceremony is by invitation only 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.

  • The FEI Pony European Championships will see around 500 riders compete over five days of dressage, showjumping and eventing.
  • It is anticipated that more than 20 nations will be represented at the championships.
  • Individual and team awards will be given for all disciplines.
  • Some of the most promising British athletes, who have previously competed at FEI competitions, including Sam Ecroyd, Kristina Hall Jackson, Storm Straker and Emily King.
  • More than 350 volunteers will be needed to ensure the five-day event runs smoothly in 2018.

“I am thrilled that Bishop Burton College has been awarded the FEI Pony European Championships in 2018. It has been a pleasure to work with the ream at the College and secure the championships and I look forward to welcoming the European athletes to our country next year. An event like this requires the support and involvement of all major governing bodies, so I look forward to working with my colleagues at British Dressage, British Showjumping and British Eventing, and showing the international equestrian world what we’re capable of.”

Clare Salmon, Chief Executive of the British Equestrian Federation

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