Five cities have been shortlisted for the inaugural Youth Olympic Games, to be held in 2010. The final selection from Athens, Bangkok, Moscow, Singapore and Turin will be made in February.

The only riding discipline certain to be represented at the games is show jumping. Modern pentathlon may feature depending on the venue.

The games will be open to riders from 14- to 18-years-old, with a maximum of 30 competitors in total — six from each continent. The selection procedure is under discussion, though the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has confirmed the competition will be on borrowed horses.

An FEI spokesman said: “The qualification system and quotas are currently being finalised with the International Olympic Committee and will be made public when possible.”

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (3 January, ’07)