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Young Riders Academy announces 2019-team

Thursday, 16 May 2019
YRA Corner

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Press release from Young Riders Academy 



The Young Riders Academy (YRA) Selection Panel, consisting of Jean Maurice Bonneau, Emile Hendrix, Franke Sloothaak and Sports Manager Sven Holmberg, together with the YRA Board, have announced the YRA-team for 2019. The selection followed an evaluation of all candidates’ attitude, capabilities, motivation together with technical skills and competition results. Emile Hendrix, part of the Selection Panel since the first year, made a clear statement during the second and final leg of this year’s selection at CSI3* Mannheim: “We could see new stars rising up, and the level of applicants is clearly growing year by year, the consequence is that being good is not enough. The new young riders have serious goals and they are keen to work hard for them. We, as observers, are looking for those qualities that make differences; of course, talents and goals, but ambition, emotion and management are key nowadays. And… be careful about talent, it can be a handicap when it makes people lazy!” Franke Sloothaak, who definitely supports Emile’s vision added his tips: “First of all, I want to train riders when they show a winning attitude with an open mind!”

Eight riders among the 30 made it to Full Program team, while other three entered this year Educational Program squad. “This year the Board and the Selection Panel have had an extremely challenging task in choosing the final line-up. National Federations, again, presented a group of athletes remarkably motivated,” commented both Eleonora Ottaviani – President of the Board, and Breido graf zu Rantzau - Vice President.

The following riders have been selected for the YRA 2019-team:

Full Program:

Wilma Marklund/99/SWE   

Vaclav Stanek/95/CZE   

Margaux Broucqsault/97/FRA 

Elin Ott /99/CHF 

Justine Tebbel/98/GER 

Susan Fitzpatrick/99/IRL

Amy Inglis/97/GBR      

Michael Pender/99/IRL 

Educational Program:

Alexia Stais/96/RSA  

Sophie Hinners/97/GER  

Felix Koller/97/AUT 

Special mention to Alice Tapper from Sweden, Sofie Slattery from Ireland and Vince Jarmy from Hungary who will receive a tailor-made program.

The Full Program offers a long stay of training and boarding at a renowned professional stable and includes qualified education in communication, business and economics, veterinary, anti-doping and legal practice connected to show jumping.

The Educational Program team will gather during the year for five academic sessions on the above topics. This group will also benefit from YRA support during jumping seasons which consists in clinics, sport training and shows invitations.

Clinics during the year will be held by Jean Maurice Bonneau, Jos Lansink and Franke Sloothaak, while the trainers for the full program are going to be Henk Nooren, Marco Kutscher, Jos Lansink, Ben, Gerco and Wim Schröder.

As usual, both teams will meet in Lugano in mid-June for the 2019 program kick off at Franklin University of Switzerland.


The Young Riders Academy is a program conceived for European talented young show jumpers with the cooperation of the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) and the support of Rolex since its first edition.

Founded in 2014 by Athenaeum, a non-profit association, the program will give talented riders between the ages of 18 and 23 the chance to get six months of training and boarding at a well-known professional stable. On top of that, professional education in communication, business and economics, veterinary and legal practice related to show jumping. The objective is to develop future champions as well as potential managers of this sport.

For further information:

[email protected]


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