Young horse classes are traditionally a great way to showcase a producer’s abilities, expand a horse’s training or bolster its CV before sale. And competing a young horse against its peer group rather than older horses or against the clock is a great learning experience.

In this week’s issue (5 April) you can find our expert guide to the championships across the disciplines and listed below is where you can qualify.

Dressage:
There are three major British Dressage affiliated young horse series and the prestigious Badminton championships.

  • Shearwater potential international dressage horse
    Qualifiers:
    Myerscough, Lancs, 8-11 March
    Hartpury College, Glos, 25 March
    Keysoe, Beds, 11 April
    Kingswood, Staffs, 25 April
    Rowallan, Ayshire, 28-29 April
    Addington Manor EC, Bucks, 1-3 May
    Sheepgate EC, Lincs, 24 June
    Fry’s, E. Yorks, 9 June
    Wellington Riding, Hants, 9-12 June
    Oldencraig, Surrey, 1 July
    Championship: British Dressage National Dressage Championships, Stoneleigh Park, Warks, 13-16 September 2012 TBC
  • Shearwater young dressage horse
    Qualifiers:
    Bishop Burton, Yorks, 11 March
    Stilebridge, Kent, 30 March
    REC, N. Yorks, 6 April
    Beaver Hall, Staffs, 11 April
    Merrist Wood, Surrey, 12 April
    Moreton, Dorset, 25 April
    Bury Farm, Bucks, 5 May
    Crofton Manor, Hamps, 7 May
    Keysoe, Beds, 30 May
    Ingliston, Renfrewshire, 11-12 May
    Vale View, Leics, 3 June
    Hunters, Glos, 5 June
    Championship: Hartpury Festival of Dressage, Glos, 4-8 July
  • British young horse championships
    Qualifiers:
    Hartpury, Glos, 25 March
    Keysoe, Beds, 13 April
    Addington Manor EC, Bucks, 1-3 May
    Myerscough College, Lancs, 6 May
    Ingliston, Renfrewshire, 11-12 May
    Hickstead, Sussex, 19 May
    Somerford Park, Cheshire, 25-27 May
    Frys, N Yorks, 9 June
    Wellington, Hants, 9-12 June
    Sheepgate EC, Lincs, 1-2 June
    NOTE: additional rounds may be added
    Championship: Dressage at Hickstead Premier League and Dressage Masters Championship, Sussex, 18-21 July
  • Badminton young dressage horse of the future
    Qualifiers:
    Aston le Walls, Northants, 8 April
    Swallowfield, Warks, 22 April
    Abbey, Glos, 27 April
    Hunters, Glos, 29
    East Sole, Berks, 29 April
    Patchetts, Herts, 5 May
    Sheepgate, Lincs, 7 May
    Burrows Court, Glos, 10 May
    Kings Equestrian, Hereford, 15 May
    Stretcholt Farm, Somerset, 17 May
    West Wilts EC, Wilts, 17 May
    Kingston Mauward, Dorset, 20 May
    Summerhouse, Glos, 25 May
    Rowallan, Ayrshire, 26 May
    Norton Heath EC, Essex, 26 May
    Beaver Hall EC, Staffs, 30 May
    Hickstead, E.Sussex, 1 June
    Badgworth, Somerset, 2 June
    Arena UK, Grantham, 7 June
    Sparsholt, Hants, 9 June
    Oldencraig, Surrey, 9 June
    Hartpury, Glos, 10 June
    Frys, E.Yorks, 10 June
    The College, Beds, 16 June
    Tall Trees, Cornwall, 16 June
    Myerscough, Lancs, 17 June
    Addington, Bucks, 21 June
    Newark, Notts, 23 June
    Solihull, Warks, 28 June
    Championship: Badminton Park, Glos, 25 July

Showjumping :
British Showjumping runs four championships for young horses. This year they have incorporated the seven-year-old and eight-year-old classes with a Talent Seekers Championship.

  • Four-year-old championship
    Qualifiers: None
    Championship: Cushionbed British Showjumping Scope Festival, Staffordshire, 26 August – 1 September
  • Milton championship for five-year-olds
    Qualifiers: None – shows can schedule a Milton class but the final is direct entry
    Championship: Cushionbed British Showjumping Scope Festival, Staffordshire, 26 August – 1 September
  • National Six-year-old horse championship
    Qualifiers:
    Welsh Masters, Monmouthshire, 18-22 April
    Weston Lawns, Warwicks, 11-14 May (6 year-old on 14th)
    Hand Equestrian Centre, Somerset, 13-17 June (6 year-old on 13th)
    Arena UK, Lincs, 27-30 July
    Championship: Cushionbed British Showjumping Scope Festival, Staffordshire, 26 August-1 September
  • BS talent seekers (incorporating seven-year-old championship)
    Qualifiers:
    Addington Manor, Bucks, 26-29 April
    Bolesworth, Cheshire, 2-4 June
    Hand Equestrian Centre, Somerset, 13-17 June (TS on 14th)
    Ingliston Equestrian Centre, Renfrewshire, 20-22 June (TS on 20th)
    South View Equestrian Centre, Cheshire, 2-5 August (TS on 4th)
    BS SCOPE Festival, Staffordshire, 26 August – 1 September
    Hickstead, Sussex, 6-9 September
    Championship: HOYS, West Midlands, 3-7 October
  • Addington Manor British young horse showjumping championships
    Qualifiers:
    Addington, Bucks,16 August
    Addington, Bucks, 17 August
    Championship: Addington, Bucks,16-19 August
  • Weston Lawns young horse championships
    Qualifiers:
    4,5,6,7-year-olds: Weston Lawns, Warks, 11-12 May
    4 and 6-year-olds: Weston Lawns, Warks, 24 June
    5 and 7-year-olds: Weston Lawns, Warks, 25 June
    Championship: Weston Lawns, Warks, 6-9 September

Eventing:
There are three young event horse championships. The first was the Burghley young event horse series which started in 1987.

  • Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials 8/9yo CIC***
    Qualifiers: none
    Championship: Blenheim, Oxfordshire, 6-9 September
  • Lycetts British Eventing young horse championship
    Qualifiers:
    Four-year-olds:
    Brand Hall, Shorpshire, 1-3 June
    Berkshire College of Agriculture, Berkshire, 16-17 June
    Stonar School, Wiltshire, 26-27 June
    Nutwell Court, East Devon, 3-4 July
    Tweseldown (3), Hampshire, 3-5 July
    Great Witchingham International (2), Norfolk, 13-15 July
    Hatherleigh, Devon, 14-15 July
    Dauntsey Park (1), Wiltshire, 17-18 July
    Stafford, Staffordshire, 20-22 July
    Hendersyde Park, Borders, 4-5 August
    Chilham Castle, Kent, 4-5 August
    Skipton, North Yorkshire, 4-5 August
    Homme House (Much Marcle), Herefordshire, 7-8 August
    West Wilts (2), Wiltshire, 7-8 August
    Bold Heath, Cheshire, 11-12 August
    Shelford Manor (2), Notts, 15-16 August
    Solihull (2), West Midlands, 18-19 August
    Richmond (2), North Yorkshire, 18-19 August
    Burnham Beeches, Bucks, 18-19 August
    Milton Keynes, Bucks, 25-26 August
    Five-year-olds:
    Little Downham International (1), Cambs, 18-20 May
    Brigstock International, Northamptonshire, 18-20 May
    Mount Ballan, Monmouthshire, 19-20 May
    Eridge, Kent, 1-2 June
    Nunney International Horse Trials, Somerset, 15-17 June
    Catton Park, South Derbyshire, 16-17 June
    Berkshire College of Agriculture (1), Berks, 16-17 June
    Rackham, West Sussex, 23-24 June
    Buckminster Park, Lincs, 7-8 July
    Upton House, Oxon, 11-12 July
    Great Witchingham International (2), Norfolk, 13-15 July
    Stafford (2), Staffordshire, 20-22 July
    Hendersyde Park, Borders, 4-5 August
    Skipton (2), North Yorkshire, 4-5 August
    Homme House (Much Marcle), Herefordshire, 7-8 August
    Bold Heath, Cheshire, 11-12 August
    Solihull (2), West Midlands, 18-19 August
    Richmond (2), North Yorkshire, 18-19 August
    Burnham Beeches, Bucks, 18-19 August
    Firle Place International, Sussex, 25-26 August
    Championship: Osberton, Notts, 27-30 September
  • Dubarry Burghley young event horse
    Qualifiers:
    Badminton Horse Trials, Glos, 3 May
    Chatsworth International, Derbyshire, 11 May
    Houghton International, Norfolk, 24 May
    Hambleton District Show, Yorkshire, 27 May
    Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials, Yorkshire, 8 June
    Yorkshire Sport Horse Show, Yorkshire, 13 June
    SHB GB (North West) Summer Show at Leyland, Lancs, 16 June
    Milton Keynes Horse Trials, Bucks, 23 June
    Barbury International, Glos, 28 June
    Richmond Equestrian Centre, Yorkshire, 30 June
    Glanusk Horse Trials, Powys, 6 July
    Burgham Horse Festival, Northumberland
    Gatcombe Horse Trials, Glos, 13 July
    Chard Show at Bickenhall, Somerset, 15 July
    Field House Equestrian Centre, Staffordshire, 19 July
    Border Union Show, Roxburghshire, 27 July
    Carlton Horse Trials, Beds, 27 July
    Ryedale Show, Yorkshire, 31 July
    Hartpury Horse Trials, Glos, 8 August
    Championship: Burghley Horse Trials, Lincs, 31 August

NOTE: All dates are subject change

To read our full guide to young horse championships plus features on the dressage stallion Jazz, Woodlander Stud and advice on how to buy at the sales see the sport horse special of H&H (5 April) out now