Bart Jay Jr. Vandecasteele from Veurne to the World Youth Riders Championship

Bart Jay Jr. Vandecasteele from Veurne to the World Youth Riders Championship

From Thursday 23 June to Sunday 3 July, international youth gather in Aachen, Germany, for the Youth Olympic Equestrian Games. Our country is also involved. The Belgian Federation has announced that only Bart Jay Jr. Vandecasteele is allowed to represent our country at U18.

Last weekend in Lier, Vandecasteele started out at the top of the standings during the Belgian Youth Championship, but suffered a setback afterwards. The former West Flemish rider from Veurne caused a stir during several international competitions. He owes his choice to his regularity of performing with different horses.

Golden Shoe

Among all the international competitions, Junior recently won the Golden Boot. A national youth competition in which he laid the foundation for his impressive international results in his first year as a junior. He raced in Gouden Laars in Vosselare with pleasure and won the 1.40 race with one of his horses: Kadee van het Heikanthof.

His participation in Aachen, the equestrian mecca, is a dream come true for the talented young rider. In total, about thirty countries from six continents have been announced to participate in the 2022 FEI Youth Equestrian Games. In addition to Belgium, they are: Argentina, Australia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Honduras, Iran, Jordan and the Kingdom Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Palestine, Paraguay, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, USA, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe.


This exceptional competition was created to replace the Youth Olympic Games that were scheduled to take place in Dakar, Senegal in 2022 and which were postponed until 2026 due to the pandemic. The global competition based on the unique form of YOG.

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