The Youth Olympic Games are an elite sporting event held every four years in which athletes aged 15 to 18 come from around the world to represent their nation in 28 different sports. The equestrian program at the Games features Team and Individual Jumping Championships in a format modeled after the Olympic Games, with a few twists. Each qualified Nation selects one athlete to compete on a five-member Continental Team. Athletes are assigned borrowed horses by random draw and compete that horse for the duration of the Games, in which fence heights are up to 1.30m.
2022 Youth Olympic Games
After a successful finish in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games, US Equestrian is currently looking into the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal. The quota for equestrian sports has not yet been determined, but please check back for updates.
2018 Youth Olympic Games Results
October 6 - 18, 2018 | Buenos Aires, Argentina
The North American Team battled through an intense jump-off against Europe to win the gold medal at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games on Tuesday. Led by U.S. Youth Chef d’Equipe DiAnn Langer, Mattie Hatcher from the U.S., Mateo Coles from Haiti, Pedro Jose Espinosa from Honduras, Nicole Meyer from Mexico, and Marisa Thompson from Panama finished on zero faults and accumulated 10 clear rounds throughout three rounds of competition. Hatcher produced one of the three triple-clear North American performances with her borrowed horse Santa Rosa Valery.
Questions? Contact Erin Keating, Director of Jumping Development Programs at [email protected].