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Flora Harris: Amazing – set to wow us after a great dressage test today


Flora Harris riding Amazing VIII was sitting at third earlier in the running and is now a very credible 13th with only 4 penalties between her and Townend before tomorrows cross country. Floras Year is off to a great start with her debut, as a member of the British Nations Cup. A member of the World Class Potential programme she came 15th at Fontainebleau.  Her last outing at Badminton was on Law Choice.  They jumped a clear cross country but unfortunately law choice has to be withdrawn before the showjumping.  So Horse Scout Blogger along with all my readers lets wish her all the best for tomorrows awesome task on the cross country course tomorrow.

You can follow Flora Harris’ professional profile on Horse Scout here: Flora Harris on Horse Scout

Oliver Townend: a great start to this years Badminton Mitsubishi Horse Trials


Huge Congratulations to Oliver Townend who is in 3rd place at this point after the dressage with a great dressage score of 73.61% (39.6) only 1.8 penalties off the leader Andrew Nicholson.

Former Badminton and Burghley winner Oliver Townend is last year’s BE number one rider and currently number 4 in the World rankings. He partnered Armada to second place at Badminton last year, and things are definitely looking positive for this years competition.

One of Horse Scouts busiest listed professional riders his Badminton Horse Trials write up for 2015 says he gained three first and second placings at a recent outing with some 14 rides over three days to bring home nine top four placings. This man is everything that says impressive.

Connect with Olivers’ profile on Horse Scout here Olivers profile

A Warm Reception for Freezing Rain: the only British Stallion to have approved status by the KWPN Studbook


Freezing Rain is a young stallion on the way up.  Born in 2010 this 16.2hh handsome bay AES Stallion was bred at Paddock Woods Stud with Select Stallions, where international event rider Emily Llewellyn and Polo player and show jumper Max Routledge are based. This stud with second to none facilities is a family run stud near Godalming in Surrey where the Grand Prix show jumper Typhoon’s son Freezing Rain was bred in 2010.

Freezing Rains listing on Horse Scout’s Stallion pages has some fabulous pictures of Freezing Rain and his sire Typhoon S. Freezing rain was assessed in the UK by the KWPN inspectors and was allowed to attend the two KWPN stallion grading shows in Holland in 2012 and early 2013. From the 500 3 year old stallions assessed by the KWPN  only a few, whose confirmation and jumping ability and veterinary assessment were of sufficient quality were invited to attend the  50 day performance testing in the autumn of 2013 where Freezing Rain he was made ‘Approved’ by the Studbook!

This has made Freezing the first British bred stallion ever to reach this level. We are justifiably proud of this achievement. Ricky is only a 5 year old Stallion but he is already making a name for himself. His first foal born on the stud has been named Mr Rainmaker he and paddocks Woods say “ He is a beautiful stamp of foal and is really bright and bold in his temperament”.

Freezing Rain is out of Tiandra (a Heartbreaker mare) and by Typhoon S Paddock Woods top breeding and competition stallion.

You can find out more about him on his Horse Scout listing page by clicking this link

Horse Scout Bloggers Stallion Listing Review: The Stallion Company & Kannan World Number #1 Ranking Stallion


Kannan Offspring Molly Malone & Bertram Allen win Longines GP Lummen

Horse Scout has some fantastic stallions listed on its Stallion Profile pages and is proud to review the outstanding stallion Kannan and his world ranked offspring. Top international Grand Prix power jumper, and a mainstay of the French Super League winning teams of his time. He now produces huge numbers of international level jumpers. He also produces some good eventers. With progeny taking top honours he’s hugely popular with breeders.

The 2015 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas gave Kanan offspring a clean sweep of victories. Molly Malone ridden by 19 year old Bertram Allen (ranked #10) won the opening days speed leg followed on by Albfuehrens Paille and Steve Guerdat winning on day 2 and taking the overall lead. It was down to the final day to see if Kannans offspring could continue their dominance – They did not disappoint!

Albfuehrens Paille took top spot on the podium while Molly Malone finished third overall. These horses are at the top of their sport but they showed that fighting spirit that Kannan passes to so many of his offspring. They have the heart and a willingness to work with you. In modern day sport your horse must be the full package – Kannan proves yet again why he is World Number 1! Kannan is the 2011 WBFSH number 1 jumping stallion. WBFSH number 8 eventing stallion stands at stud for The Stallion Company in Rodez, France

This amazing dark bay KWPN / Dutch Warmblood Stallion is 16.3hh.Bred by G Kramer van de Meer, Kannan is a tall rangey Stallion. Kannan has power, movement and scope;a horse who stands out from the crowd with presence style and a confirmation that brings with it an easy and elastic balance. WBFSH Stallion Rankings  #1 with 70 offspring with International ranking points with 2 in the top 100  and top ranked offspring on basis of international points won is Nino des Buissonnets (31st)

On Global Stallions his GF Germany Breeding Index for Jumping is SF +28 (.94) , KWPN 151 (.75) “His progeny are on course for the Olympics – a sure bet” Paul Schockemöhle in 2010 well he has certainly been proved right!

Kannan’s exemplary competition successes have included winning the Belgian Classic Circuit at the age of 6 in 1998, becoming 7 year old Belgian Champion in 1999. In 2000 Kannan made his International debut by finishing 5th in a Grand Prix. In 2003 Kannan won the Deauville Grand Prix and In 2004 Kannan won at Paris Bercy and Jardy as well as many other competition successes. He was a ragular member of the French Show Jumping Team which won the Samsung Super League in 2003 & 2004. In 2005 he became French National Champion.

The Stallion Company sell Kannan’s semen as live foal guarantee (The fee is 2050€ is + VAT @ 10%)

His progeny have proved immensely successful. One of the worlds top producers of showjumpers in recent years with a hugely impressive numbers of ranked progeny. Progeny include’ ‘Nino des Buissonnets’(Steve Guerdat) winner of the individual gold at the London Olympics 2012 and the sensation of the 2011-2012 world cup series, finishing 2nd in the qualifier at Stuttgart and 3rd in the qualifier at Lyon 2011 and going on to finish closely 2nd in the final in S. Hertogenbosch, was 2nd again the following year in Gothenburg and 5th in the final in Lyon 2014……, ‘Bridget’ (Bernardo Alves) indiv bronze medal and team silver at the 2011 Pan American Games, previously winner of the Monaco GCT GP, ‘Oh d’Eole’(Maclain Ward) winner of Palm Beach Grand Prix 2012 and with Ml Robert won the 4 star GP of Bourg en Bresse & 2nd in 4 star GP of Franconville 2013, ‘Molly Malone’ (Bertram Allen) in 2014 was 5th in 5 star GP of sHertogenbosch and in 2013 was 2nd individually in the European Junior Championships, won the 3 star GP of Leszno and 1m50 classes at 5 star Barcelona & Gijon, ‘Albfuehren’s Paille’ (Alesandra Fricker) in 5 star GPs was 4th in Rome CSIO & 6th in Basel, 4th in the 4 star GP of Braunschweig, 3rd in the 3 star GP of Hannover& won the 2 star GP of Ebreichsdorf all in 2013, ‘Quannan-R’ (Marc Bettinger) in 3 star GPs won at San Giovanni & 2nd Vilamoura,in 2014 while he won a 1m50 at 5 star Fontainebleau, ‘Kismet’ (Candice King), ‘Kavanagh IV’ (Matthew Sampson), ‘A Pikachu de Muze’(David McPherson) 6yr old world champion Lanaken 2006…. Continuously among the leading producers of good young showjumpers at the French young horse championships in Fontainebleau.   Also ranked amongst the top producers of eventing horses in the world with 9 ranked progeny. To find out more about Kannan follow this link to his Stallion Profile on www.horsescout.co.uk/kannan

BE=Be Enlightened in British Eventing Terms. Horse Scout Blogger helping you Get To Grips With Competition Abreviation Terminoligy (CAT)


I know we have some fantastic competition prospects on Horse Scout Horses For Sale pages; but do you see stars when you are looking to buy an experienced Event horse?

Have you ever wondered what the acronyms CCI and CIC etc actually mean when looking at British Eventing. Well here is a handy guide from Wikipedia presented to you by Horse Scout Blogger.

The Concours Complet International (CCI) and the Concours International Combiné (CIC) are ratings for the equestrian sport of eventing, given by the international governing body for the sport, the FEI.

The original difference between the two formats was that the 4 phases of cross-country (A, B, C, and D) were held in CCI competition, while CIC competition only ran the D phase. With the advent of the new format (which abolished phases A, B, and C), the FEI agreed to change the distances of the CCI to make it more difficult than the CIC competitions. Thus, CIC competitions have fewer obstacles on a shorter course than do CCI competitions.

Starring system

All FEI-recognized competitions, regardless of discipline, are rated on a “star” system. In eventing, the 4* level is the highest and the 1* level is the lowest of the FEI-recognized divisions.

Additionally, there are many competitions held at levels below the one-star. These competitions are not FEI-recognized, and are usually held under the rules of a country’s national governing body.

The Concours Complet International

CCI Competitions are held under FEI rules for Three Day Events, including the General Rules and Veterinary Regulations. They are international three-day events, as opposed to a national competition or a one- or two-day horse trial.


The highest level of competition, advanced level for horses with a good deal of experience and success in international competition. It includes the Olympics (although the Olympics are usually made easier, at more of a three-star level, to allow a greater number of nations to compete successfully), the FEI World Equestrian Games, and six annual horse trials each year:

  • Badminton Horse Trials(Britain),
  • Burghley HorseTrials (Britain),
  • Rolex Kentucky Three Day (USA),
  • Australian International Three Day Event (Australia),
  • Luhmühlen Horse Trials (Germany), and the
  • Stars of Pau (France).


  • Riders must be at least 18 years old, and horses 7 (although most are much older).
  • Cross-country has maximum of 45 jumping efforts on a 6270-7410m course, ridden at 570 mpm (total course time of 11–13 minutes)
  • Stadium has maximum of 16 efforts and 11-13 obstacles (Note: a combination is one obstacle), ridden at 375 mpm, with a course length of 500–600 meters.


Advanced level, for horses with some experience in international competition.


  • Riders must be at least 18 years old, and horses 7 (although most are much older).
  • Cross-country has maximum of 40 jumping efforts on a 5700-6840m course, ridden at 570 mpm (total course time of 10–12 minutes)
  • Stadium has maximum of 15 efforts and 11-12 obstacles, ridden at 375 mpm, with a course length of 450–550 meters.


Intermediate level, for horses and riders with some experience riding in a three-day event, who are just starting to begin international competition.


  • Riders must be at least 16 years of age, and horses at least 6 years old.
  • Cross-country has maximum of 37 jumping efforts on a 4950-5500m course, ridden at 550 mpm (total course time of 9–10 minutes)
  • Stadium has maximum of 14 efforts and 10-11 obstacles, ridden at 350 mpm, with a course length of 400–500 meters.


Preliminary (USA) or Novice (Britain) level, used as an introductory level to the three-day event.


  • Riders must be at least 14 years old, and horses at least 6 years of age.
  • Cross-country has maximum of 32 jumping efforts on a 4160–4680m course, ridden at 520 mpm (total course time of 8–9 minutes)
  • Stadium has maximum of 13 efforts and 10-11 obstacles, ridden at 350 mpm, with a course length of 350–450 meters.

The Concours International Combiné

The CIC may be held over one day, and is thus considered an international one-day event. However, it must follow FEI rules. Additionally, the CIC is held only at the one to three-star levels. There are no 4* CIC competitions.

  • CIC***: Cross-country is held over a 3200–4000 m course with 32-40 efforts, and ran at a speed of 570 mpm. Stadium has maximum of 15 efforts and 11-12 obstacles, ridden at 375 mpm, with a course length of 450–550 meters.
  • CIC**: Cross-country is held over a 2800–3600 m course with 28-36 efforts, and ran at a speed of 550 mpm. Stadium has maximum of 14 efforts and 10-11 obstacles, ridden at 350 mpm, with a course length of 400–500 meters.
  • CIC*: Cross-country is held over a 2400–3200 m course with 24-32 efforts, and ran at a speed of 520 mpm. Stadium has maximum of 13 efforts and 10-11 obstacles, ridden at 350 mpm, with a course length of 350–450 meters.

Other Terms

  • CCN: National Three Day Event. They must be held under FEI rules for Three Day Events (but not FEI General Rules or Veterinary Regulations).
  • CCIO: Official International Three Day Event, for team competitions internationally, such as the Olympic Games, the World Equestrian Games, the Pan-American Games, and the European Championships.
  • CH: International Championship Three Day Event
  • CCIP: International Three Day for Ponies. Only provided at the * and ** level.
  • J/YR: divisions for young riders (21 or younger) and juniors (18 or younger).


Dani Evans (Event Rider) is shut down because of Strangles: Top Tips to help prevent strangles


Horse Scout Blogger has just seen the H&H article about Event rider Dani Evans who has told H&H she has had to shut down her yard after an outbreak of strangles was confirmed last month (27 February). What a disaster for her and her owners.  My sympathies go out to them all.  I hope that they are on the way to being clear of the disease now. Read more at here

There can be nothing more worrying for the horse owner nor frustrating for the professional competition rider than having a yard shut down through something like this. Most especially when every precaution has been taken through good biosecurity and hygiene and yet something like strangles or equine hereps or even ringworm sweeps through a yard.

Strangles is caused by the bacterium Streptococcus equi (Strep. equi), it is one of the most common equine respiratory infections in the world. It can affect horses of all ages and types.

Strangles is a common threat

The disease causes major economic losses to the equine industry worldwide due to its prolonged course, extended recovery period and associated serious complications. According to International Collating Centre reports, strangles is responsible for 30% of infectious disease episodes. Reliable UK statistics are not available, but in Sweden, where strangles and equine flu are notifiable diseases, there are approximately four cases of strangles for every case of flu (see table).

Reported cases in Sweden          2000   2001   2002   2003

Strangles/flu ratio                              4:1      4:1      6:1      4:1

A dangerous and contagious disease

Strangles itself can kill (in simple cases there is a one percent mortality rate), but the major reason for its concern is the speed with which strangles spreads among horses, especially in a stable setting. In large horse populations, established outbreaks may last for months, essentially shutting down stabling premises.

Moreover, some “recovered” horses (carriers) can harbour Strep. equi with no outward clinical signs. Consequently, new or recurrent outbreaks are likely unless costly diagnostic procedures and aggressive quarantine measures are used.

S. equi infection can be transmitted both directly via close contact with an infected horse or indirectly through shared housing, water and feed buckets, shared tack and equipment; and contact with shared personnel such as groom, instructor, farrier, veterinary surgeon or more unexpected sources such as a pet dog.

Signs include:

• fever

• loss of appetite

• depression

• marked ‘snotty’ nasal discharge (this is the most common sign)

• lymph node swelling and abscesses predominantly of the head and neck

• Remember that not all horses will show all (or any) of these signs

If you suspect Strangles:

Isolate the horse and any other horses that have had direct, particularly nose-to-nose contact with it. Also isolate those which have/may have had indirect contact with the suspect case (such as through sharing of water and/or feed buckets, tack, handlers, and so on). Isolation should be away from other horses in the yard with which they have not had such contact. Do not allow other animals to enter the stable where the infected horse was kept or have access to its feed or water container.

Call your veterinary surgeon and discuss with the appropriate management, sampling and laboratory strategies to investigate whether infection with S. equi is the likely cause of the clinical signs. It may be beneficial to take more than one sample from more than one horse or on more than one occasion from the same horse to confirm or exclude the suspicion of strangles. Depending on the type and timing of sampling of cases, S. equi can sometimes be difficult to confirm and your vet will be able to advise you further.

Further information can be found here through the British Horse Societies very useful pdf on the Voluntary code in the event of a strangles outbreak. “Strategy to eradicate and prevent Strangles (STEPS)”

Vaccination can be used as part of a strangles management program. It can form a critical element in preventing strangles outbreaks on yards but it is not a substitute for good stable management and disease awareness.

A vaccine is now available to reduce clinical signs and the incidence of lymph node abscesses. Developed by MSD Animal Health, Europe’s leading manufacturer   of equine vaccines. The vaccine is now available to help owners and veterinarians manage this disease.

The vaccine can be used in horses from just four months of age and is administered by injecting a very small volume of vaccine into the upper lip of the horse. In trials undertaken by MSD Animal Health, horses tolerated this innovative application method well.

Where vaccination is required and to minimise the risk of strangles taking hold, all horses in a yard should be vaccinated.

This vaccination information is brought to you by MSD Animal Health, manufacturers of Equilis® StrepE. Equilis® StrepE which can only be prescribed by your veterinary surgeon whose advice should be sought.

A horse’s vaccination program should be based on the risk of disease for the horse, the yard and also the economic consequences of an outbreak. In general, the more a horse is in contact with other horses the greater its risk of contracting strangles.

Discuss an appropriate vaccination schedule for your horse with your veterinary surgeon

Looking for Livery near London? Mandy Day and Edward Brook at Caldecote Farm Livery


Horse Scout Blogger has been keeping an eye on the new listings.  If you are looking for training with top professionals or for livery with great hacking and facilities near London; then look no further!

Caldecote Farm is a professional equestrian centre for all aspects of horse management including livery and competition training. Owned by show jumper Edward Brook and dressage rider Mandy Day, who pride themselves on providing all the services you would expect from a pedigree equestrian centre, including the breaking, schooling and sale of top quality horses.

Easy located, Caldecote Farm is just 14 miles from Central London. Set amongst 50 acres of pasture with stunning views over the Hertfordshire countryside and North London, Caldecote Farm is perfectly positioned within a network of local bridleways. Our own bridge provides access to some fantastic hacking – including the grounds of Munden House Estate, Elstree aerodrome and along the banks of the River Colne and Otterspool Water Meadows.  Heck out their profile here.

A bit about Edward Brook:

Edward Brook started riding horses seriously at the age of 15 and gained his BHSII by the age of 19, making him one of the youngest people at the time to achieve this qualification. He soon realised that he found show jumping the most exciting of all the riding disciplines. He is a highly respected rider on the circuit – competing both internationally and nationally. He has also ridden horses for many owners. He is always on the lookout for young stock in the hope of finding a new star, and has produced horses from three years old to a Grade A standard, ready for selling.

Edward managed Patchetts Equestrian Centre for five years, and helped to make it the place it is today before buying into Caldecote Farm. Like Mandy, he has a passion for teaching and is a Level 3 credited coach for the BSJA, encouraging his pupils to get the most out of their horses in a sympathetic and motivating way. He has helped train Mandy up to Prix St. George dressage.

He is keen to help his pupils from Pony Club through to J/A, from the novice rider to the more experienced; young riders to the more mature.

…and Mandy’s Bio:

A professional competition rider and trainer based in Hertfordshire, London. Trained by Grand Prix rider Lisa Hopkins. Successfully competed at all levels up to Inter II, qualifying for regionals and nationals. Very successful with 4-5 year olds, making all the young horse finals last year. Love training and seeing great improvements in all her clients. Mandys competitive forecast for the coming season: Young international 4 year old qualifier Shearwater, 4 year old qualifier Badminton horse, 4 year old qualifier PSG & Inter 1 Keysoe.

Mandy Day has a strong personal connection with Caldecote Farm. She bought it 3½ years ago after using the livery herself for 20 years, which gives her a unique perspective and a real understanding of what a horse owner wants. Not only does she live on site with her partner Edward and daughter Georgina, she is in the yard throughout the day.

Having competed successfully in show jumping and eventing, she now focuses on dressage and can help with all riding disciplines. With her own two horses, she has competed in the first season at Prix St. Georges – in addition to qualifying for the Advanced Medium Open, PSG Freestyle, Advanced Medium Freestyle and the Wellington Advanced Medium Freestyle.

She enjoys competing at a higher level, as it gives her clients a chance to see her in action.  She also loves teaching and passing on the knowledge she has learnt over the years, encouraging riders at different levels to reach their full potential.  She is a firm believer that attaining a sense of self-confidence is a large part of riding well. To contact Mandy directly follow this link here.

Caldicote hold their own Summer Championship show with intro, prelim, novice and elementary classes once a month May through August with the championship being held on 28th September.

They also have Reggies Bar & Bistro on site.  A wonderful Bistro overlooking the lake with panoramic countryside views. Click here for more info in this fantastic little place.

10 Tips for Better Jumping, and a great partnership, with Your Horse


Horse Scout Blogger asks: Are you getting to know your new horse or training a youngster? Whatever your competitive goals, Showjumping, Eventing or the flatwork of the Dressage or Showing arenas, jumping should be built into your training programme.  Building a good relationship with your horse in the home arena will give your partnership a head start. Start simple and build on success.

  1. Start your jumping session with a proper warm up on the flat.  Work through the muscles groups and ensure your horse is moving off your leg well.
  2. Work with poles on the ground on circles and in grids to increase your horses elevation before asking him to jump.
  3. Always use an experienced lead horse when you’re introducing a new jumping concept. Horses are herd animals. Let a youngster see his friend do it first, and he’ll think it’s OK, too.
  4. Build in a confident approach from the start. Never test a young horse’s courage over fences; give him a chance to learn how to be brave in the first place. He may not be timid he may simply not understand what he is being asked to do.
  5. Trot jumps first. Trotting will pay off in spades down the road. Trotting teaches your horse to remain calm on the approach to his fences and encourages him to rock back on his hocks and jump correctly.
  6. Keep the jumps so small that he can go over them from a standstill for the first few months jump training, Never give your horse the option of refusing. If your horse questions a jump, do not him turn away and reapproach the fence. Instead, quietly keep your leg on for as long as it takes, until your horse hops over the jump from a halt or walk. It is important not give your horse the option of refusing.
  7. Use a neck strap so you can hang on however awkwardly he jumps so you can follow him in the air with your upper body and arms, even if he jumps from a standstill. If you catch your horse in the mouth as he attempts to jump, you’ll quickly teach him that this game is not fun.
  8. Train progressively. Ask one new question at a time. i.e. if you jump a three element grid at the end of one session reward by finishing there.  Add the three element earlier in the next session and follow this with an easier exercise before stopping.  Reward progress with down time, hack out or turn out to build a positive attitude to new things.
  9. If you get into trouble, make it low and simple. If your horse loses confidence for any reason during a jump session, don’t take a chance. Quickly lower the jump or simplify the question.
  10.  Working with a trainer will work in your favour.  Having someone on the ground to increase build your training programme will pay dividends and, on a practical level, a pair of hands altering the jumps for you will allow you to keep up the flow of the training session.

Horse Scout has a great selection of trainers and coaches in all disciplines and from all over the UK.  Find your self a trainer to help you build a great partnership with your horse.

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Excellence (AASE) programmes at Hartpury .


The Uk has an amazing scheme in Hartpury, aimed at 16-19 year olds. A perfect way for young and aspiring elite athletes to prepare for life in professional sport.The scheme will be offered across three different disciplines: Dressage, Eventing and Para-dressage.   The open day is fast approaching. 

In comparison; this morning Horse Scout retweeted an editorial piece on American young riders.  

“Teenage Snowbirds? Just Part of Being a Young Equestrian” It made for interesting reading and a great concept.  Bringing young American riders together, in a competitive arena, with a 12 week annual season of coaching and training rounds.  The cost was eye watering with keen parents spending upwards of $23,000 over the season of weekend training. Admittedly this did include everything, stabling barns (One string included upwards of 70 horses: only in America I thought as I read that!)  coaching and entry fees, accommodation and travel etc.  All this with an element of the Jones about it, as may be, but the concept seemed to be a brilliant one and for those who want to become top professionals then this is obviously an opportunity to progress.  The UK has its own answer to this though.  On the British Dressage website today I read about a scheme in Hartpury.  The open day is fast approaching so if you want to take part in this then get your skates on.

Hartpury’s multi-million pound facilities and international level coaching give select Dressage and Eventing riders the perfect opportunity to develop their skills, learn how to manage all aspects of a professional riding career, and continue their education. Through the AASE scheme, young riders who have a real chance of competing on the international stage will be professionally supported and trained to achieve their goals. Who is eligible? 

The scheme will be offered across three different disciplines: Dressage, Eventing and Para-dressage.

You must

  • Have 5 GCSE’s A* to C, including Maths and English.
  • Be aged 16 and over by August 31st 2015, and under 19 years of age by the same date.
  • Be resident in England

Eventing AASE criteria for 16 – 18 year olds

The following criteria must be achieved

  • Top 25% of starters in a CCI1* – from 1st July 2014 to close of application date
  • Top 25% of starters in the 2015 National U18 Championships
  • Long listed for the 2015/14 Junior European Team
  • Long listed for the 2015/14 Pony European Team
  • Top 25% of starters at the 2014 U18 Regional Team Championships
  • Top 25% of starters in the 2014 Pony Club Open Championships

The qualifying (MER’s) results are as follows

FEI Qualification CCI1*
75 or less in the dressage
16 or less in the show jumping
clear  in the cross country
36 or less in the cross country time penalties

Pony Club Championships
50 or less in the dressage
16 or less in the show jumping
clear cross country with no more than the 36 in the time penalties

Riders should be competing consistently at Medium level and above and achieving 65% or more. (Applicants should have a minimum of four results at the level required in the 12 months prior to application).

Riders will also be considered on younger horses (up to 7 years of age) who demonstrate the potential to compete successfully at International level and are already competing consistently at Elementary or above and achieving 70% or more.  Please note freestyle scores do not count towards minimum criteria.

Riders must have a current classification and should be consistently and currently scoring 62% in their relevant grade at BD Para Dressage Competitions.  Please note freestyle scores cannot be counted

On top of this, applicants, aged 16-19, will need to display a willingness to learn and the desire and commitment to succeed.

What do you gain from it?

By doing the Advanced Apprenticeship in sporting excellence you will give yourself the best chance to succeed in your chosen discipline. Apprentices will combine their riding with units aimed at preparing them for all aspects of their future career. Those selected for the course will have aspirations to compete internationally and will be guided throughout to make sure this dream can be achieved.

Apprentices will also have access to a range of specialist, professional services including physiotherapy, strength & conditioning and sports psychology.

How and when do I apply?

Open day – Thursday 9th April  

We’re holding an open day for potential applicants on Thursday 9th April. Those attending the day MUST have or be close to meeting the above requirements in their chosen discipline. If you meet, or are close to meeting, the criteria then you can sign up here.

  •          Applications open – February 2nd 2015
  •          Open day – Thursday 9th April
  •          Applications close – May 29th
  •          Selection and notification – June 2015
  •          Programme induction day – Saturday September 5th
  •          Programme starts – September 2015.

If you meet the entry criteria (under the Who is eligible? section) then please download both forms on the left and fill in all the fields before returning by either:

  • Scanning and emailing to admissions@hartpury.ac.uk
  • Faxing a copy to 01452 700629
  • Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

Are you looking for a horse which might be suitable to take part in the Pony Club Young Event Horse League?


Horse Scout has 6 horses all listed as suitable Pony Club rides,  the horses are all produced by professional riders: So if you are in the market for a new competition horse read their bios below.

Do you know about the Pony Clubs Young Event Horse League?The Pony Clubs’ Eventing Committee introduced this new Eventing competition in 2012.  Due to its success the Young Event Horse League has continued annually.  Open to all Members with horses or ponies aged 5, 6 or 7 years, who compete at Level 3 (Novice) Eventing Competitions, this competition has been designed to promote the correct training and provide an opportunity for Members to bring on and compete their young horses and ponies. t is simple to enter your horse if you are eligible.  Just download a Results Card and have it signed by the Event Organiser on the day. Click here for more information from PCUK.org

Two young horses with international event rider Aaron Millar in Dorset would suit PC or young riders ready to move on in the compeititve arena.

1. Cappoquin Steelan eye catching 6.2hh, 6y.o. steel grey Irish gelding.3 tidy paces, extremely eye catching. Great attitude, fast learner, wants to please. Will do a super test. Bold jump but still snaffle mouthed and polite to a fence. Schooling well at home, hasn’t put a foot wrong. Very well mannered, and is a pleasure to have on the yard. Will excel in any discipline, ready to go on and realise full potential

2. Drumkeeran Jet a straight forward 16hh 6 year old chestnut mare by Dutch jumping stallion Jumbo Jet out of Irish mare. Very straightforward, three nice paces and scopey jump. She has a great mind, is mature beyond her years and eager to please. Placed every time out jumping this winter, been successfully xc schooling and attended Pony Club rallies. Still snaffle mouthed, hacks alone, will go first or last. Great fun but still polite and a real confidence giver. Ideally suited for a Pony Club home where she could give tons of enjoyment and realise her full potential. Impeccable manners on the ground and pleasant to deal with in every way. Carefully sourced by Blue Moon Eventing, and finished by Aaron Millar

3. Zilver Zak – 15.2hh dark bay 2008 gelding in Essex

Zilver Zak has been carefully and professionally educated. He has been lightly schooled XC and works well on the flat. He has qualified BN regionals 2015 and is now ready to progress further. He is good to do in all ways and is a great, fun horse. He is ready to excel in any sphere.  Can be seen at Crokertford Stud (great spot for livery in a really well set up yard) with Team White Showjumping headed by Charlie White

Wayne Garrick UK Based German event and dressage rider based in Herefordshire, has three horses listed as suitable for Pony Club or Riding Club riders and they all sound fantastic for the rider ready to up their game:

4. Hillgrounds Wishinka :16hh chestnut mare rising 5. By Wish Upon a Star X Donnersong Correct in every way, three correct paces and a trainable attitude with a want to achieve. Hacks, jumps and is smart on the flat, will definately have a strong competition prospect.

5. And also for the more ambitious and experienced rider a horse with scope to progress in the competitive arena in Diamonique Dancer – a Gorgeous 16.2hds 5 year old bay mare by Sandros Dancer X Dimaggio x Pik Trumpf. 3 correct and exuberant paces. Professionally schooled and being slowly produced to allow time to mature. Has been out to unaff. competitions and has proven to be well behaved and well liked in the arena by the judges. Hacks alone or in company and jumps too. As with any horse with lots of scope and potential she is not a novice ride.

6.If you are looking for a horse which has gained experience in grassroots competition and is now ready to go on have a look at Wayne’s  very affordable horse Ularu – a 16.3hh liver chestnut gelding rising 7. By Carricello X Cruising. Rulo is a fantastic family horse. A fathers hunter, wifes dressage, daughters eventer and sons tetrathlon ride. Rulo has done everything unaffiliated, so can start his affiliated career with clear points. A genuine horse with 3 correct paces and a scopey jump. A great character on the ground and in the stable too.

So check out our horses and others too on Horse Scout advertising listings under Horses For Sale.  You can select an area of interest, breed, hight and age to make selecting potential horses easier.  We have some quality animals listed for the serious purchaser.  So go ahead and find your next rising superstar with Horse Scout!