Belgian Equestrian Federation Changes World Young Horse Championship Selection Process

Sat, 01/26/2019 - 13:19
Christel Vernelen and Hitch van het Bloemenhof at the 2018 World YH Championships :: Photo © Astrid Appels

After two years of major disgruntlement and lawsuits over the selection of the horses for the World Young Horse Championships, the Belgian Equestrian Federation (KBRSF) has completely changed its selection format for 2019. 

Instead of a qualification system through a competition series with a finals, the Belgian Dressage Committee has decided, together with the Belgian studbooks, to set up a new team selection system based on three training/observation seminars.

At the first session, the combinations can present themselves to a selection committee, consisting of two foreign judges and one Belgian international judge. They will draft a long list that is invited to the second observation trial, which will also be judged by a foreign international judges panel. The final and third observation trial will be led by Ulf Möller (GER) and Christof Umbach (LUX). They will decide which combinations will be sent to the 2019 World Championships in Ermelo.


  • Observation 1: 25 - 26 May 2019 at De Cavalerie in Heist-op-den-Berg
  • Observation 2: 15 - 16 June 2019 at Chevalerie in St-Genesius-Rode
  • Observation 3: 29 June 2019 at QC Stables in Sint-Niklaas

According to the first official press statement from the KBRSF, no more preference to Belgian bred horses will be given. The selection process is open to all breed societies. Horses aged 5, 6 and 7 can participate.
(Editors' note: after the publication of this article, a representative of the dressage committee got in touch again and said there is preference to Belgian registered horses).

"The selection procedure is still dependent on the FEI rules and regulations," the KBRSF added.

Photo © Astrid Appels

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