Eventing: Helpful Facts

jumping big cross country fence
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As most of you will know, my aim for the future is to get Scottie out eventing. However, I’ve never had much of an opportunity to compete in anything like it before. Luckily, I have lots of friends around to answer my questions. However, many people aren’t as lucky as me to have helpful and knowledgeable friends to answer my questions. So I decided to create this post with some helpful facts about Eventing.

A chestnut horse jumping a ditch in the cross country phase of eventing.

Credit Ronald C. Yochum.

1) Clear Round Show Jumping phase.

In Eventing, Show Jumping is less about speed and more about going clear. This is quite different to pure show jumping!

2) Cross Country Vs Show Jumping.

The cross country fences tend to be a little smaller than the show jumping fences. Most BE classes have guidelines where the show jumping will be up to height (BE90 Show Jumping will be 90cm) whereas the cross country will be 5-10cm smaller on the whole.

3) Cross Country optimal times

There is a section for optimal time to complete the cross country course in. You get time faults for every second you are quicker or slower than the time. Each level has a different speed you should be travelling at to finish within the time.

4) Cross Country Knock Down Fences

Eventing organizations are striving for better safety and now many traditionally solid cross country jumps now come apart.

5) BE 100+ is the first class you can start earning points to qualify for higher competitions.
6) If your horse has points but you want to enter a lower class you can enter the Open part of the class.
7) The phases traditionally go Dressage – Cross Country – Show Jumping.

However, at lower levels and in one day events and some others go Dressage – Show Jumping –  Cross Country.

8) If you are eliminated from one phase you are eliminated for all phases.
9) Depending on the class, falling off doesn’t always mean elimination. (But read the rules for each class)
Eventing the dressage phase is typically on grass

Credit Jonathan Hutchins


Here are the classes not including unaffiliated (as of 2015):

BE 80 (Training) = Max height of jumps 80cm
BE 90 (Intro) = Max height of jumps 90cm
BE 100 (Pre Novice) = Max Height 100cm
BE 100+ (stepping stone class) = Novice level dressage + show jumping, Pre novice cross country.
* (Novice)
** (Intermediate)
**** (Advanced) = Max SJ height 1.25m, Max XC height 1.2m

CIC are international one day events
CCI are international three day events

In eventing the show jumping iis typically on grass

Credit Jonathan Hutchins


Please correct me if I have got anything wrong and I’m sure there is plenty I have missed out! 

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