Young Riders Academy 2016, 3rd year selection in Arezzo and Redefin

The “Riders Academy”, as you already know, has been developed by a group of equestrian professionals with the cooperation of the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) and with the generous support of Rolex. The aim of Riders Academy is to assist in training show jumping young talents and to help in preparing their career as future professionals in the sport.

The Riders Academy program, thanks to Rolex, will give the chance to five promising riders to get about six months of “tailor-made” training and boarding at a well-known professional stable with no costs. On top of that, the program also includes qualified education in communication, business and economics, veterinary and legal practice connected to show jumping. The ambition is to create future ambassadors of equestrian  sport!

This year again, each European Federation is invited to enter up to three candidates for the program.

Out of these entries, a selection panel consisting of Emile Hendrix, Dirk Demeersmann, Jean-Maurice Bonneau, Otto Becker and Sven Holmberg will select about 25 riders who will be invited to one of two events either in Arezzo Toscana Tour ( April 8th-10th ) or to Redefin in northern Germany ( April 29th-May 1st), depending on travel distance. By the mid of May, the above panel will identify the five final  participants. One spot will be dedicated to a rider from central/eastern Europe.

The selection will be based on jumping results (140 -150 classes), availability of horses and candidate’s personal profiles. The trainers that we have involved in these years program have been Kevin Staut, Ludger Beerbaum, Dietmar Gugler, Rolf Göran Bengtsson, Jos Lansink, Marcus Ehning and Gerco Schröder. The assignment of the trainer to each participant will be decided by the selection panel in agreement with the participant himself. Other trainers may also be involved.

Entries should be sent by National Federations at the latest by February 29th 2016 to the address below. There are no obligations for the NF and the program will not be in conflict with other programs the NF may have for their young promising riders. To the contrary we are fully prepared to find ways of cooperation both in planning and follow-up.