Eventing, sometimes referred to as 'Horse Trials' or the 'three day event', is a unique combination of three phases: dressage, cross country over fixed fences and show-jumping.
Each of the three phases is designed to test the horse's ability.
Dressage is the first phase where horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements, with each movement scored resulting in a penalty score.
The show-jumping phase requires athleticism, control and accuracy from both horse and rider over a course of knockable fences in a pre-determined sequence. The aim is for horse and rider combinations to jump a clear round, penalties are awarded if combinations have a knock down, refusal or go over the time allowed.
The cross country phase tests stamina, speed, jumping and bravery. Again the aim is to go clear within the optimum time or penalty points will be accrued.
The sport is rather like the pentathlon in that it combines different disciplines in one competition and is run on a cumulative penalty basis. The competitor with least penalties at the end is the winner.
Eventing is a sport that engages all and in the UK, the eventing season runs from March to October every year.
British Eventing (BE) is the national governing body for the sport of Eventing in the UK. BE regulate and schedule more than 180 events throughout Britain that cater for nearly 94,000 entries per year. There are many different membership options and competitors can join in the year of their 12th birthday and there is no upper age limit.
At national events run by BE, horses and riders are able to progress their skills if they would like to by progressing through the different levels of competition on offer. These include BE80 Training, a training class where the maximum height of the fences is 80cm, BE90, BE100, Novice, Intermediate and Advanced.
BE also run a comprehensive regional programme of training for both members and non-members in addition to running a national framework of competition for riders under 21.
Competitors don’t need to be full members to take part, both Day or Training/Club tickets are available for those just who want to have a go and try the sport.
For more information on BE and the membership options click HERE