Young Riders Academy announces Team 2016

The Selection Panel, consisting of Otto Becker, Dirk Demeersman, Emile Hendrix and the sports manager Sven Holmberg, after having evaluated all candidates’ profiles, attitude, capabilities, motivation together with competition results, just came up with the official assessment concerning the young Riders Academy Team 2016.

Photo Erik Kunddahl

Five riders among the 28 made it to Full Program team, while six of them entered in this year Educational Program team; “this year the Board and the Selection Panel have really had a very challenging task in choosing the final team, National Federations presented to selection 2016 a group of athletes exceptionally motivated and technically prepared” commented Sven Holmberg, Sport Manager.

The Full Program offers six months of “tailor-made” training and boarding at a renowned professional stable and includes qualified education in communication, business and economics, veterinary and legal practice connected to show jumping. The Educational Program team will gather during the year for the 4\5 academic sessions, this team will also benefit from YRA support during jumping seasons.
Full ProgramCassandra Braeckmans (BEL ),  Jack Dodd (IRL ), Pål Flam (NOR), Eoin McMahon (IRL ), Emma O´Dwyer (GBR ). Part of this year team will also be  (GER ) already nominated during 2015 selection.

Some of the candidates before the final selection. Photo ridersacademy

Combination Rider and trainer will be announced shortly.

Educational ProgramDerin Demirsoy (TUR), Laetitia Du Couëdic (SUI), Michael Duffy (IRL ), Giampiero Garofalo (ITA), Spencer Roe (GBR), Basile Rubio (FRA).

A special mention to Adam Grzegorzewski (POL) and  Ventsislav Izov (BUL) who had been outstanding in both riding and interview; due to their very young age they have been appointed for next years program.

“We want to thank all European National Federations for their support, their growing interest in this project is a great honor for all of us” declared moreover Eleonora Ottaviani, President of the Board.

Both Teams  will meet in Lugano in June for the 2016 program kick off at Franklin University of Switzerland.

Therese Stub Alhaug
Therese Stub Alhaug


Therese is the editor of Equilife, and is truly dedicated to equestrian sports and horses. She started riding as a little girl, and enjoys her free time with her two horses back home. Portrait interview is her favorite topic, as it has the gift to inspire others through peoples stories, knowledge, training and general life-philosophy, and certainly, their lives with horses.

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