Eventing: Helpful Facts

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As most of you will know, my aim for the next few years is to get Scottie out eventing. However, I’ve never had much of an opportunity to be compete in anything like it before. Luckily, I have lots of friends around to answer my questions. From the start of this idea, I knew the cross country shouldn’t be a problem as this is the bit most similar to what he is used to. We still have a long way to go until we are ready for dressage, but I’m hoping to get out and do as much jumping as possible.


Credit Ronald C. Yochum.


However, back to the point of the post, interesting and helpful facts/comments I’ve found out about eventing:

1) Clear Round Show Jumping phase.
Since Scottie is so long and fairly unbalanced on tight bends, I have a feeling Show Jumping will never be our strong point. However, my friends keep saying I’m being silly and as we improve he will get much better. They also said that in Eventing, Show Jumping is less about speed and more about going clear. (Which we can do!)

2) Cross Country Vs Show Jumping.
The cross country fences tend to be a little smaller than the show jumping fences.

3) Cross Country 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 Fences
Especially in lower levels, many of the fences now do come apart of fall over if hit with force.

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 normals go Dressage – Cross Country – Show Jumping. However, 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)


Credit Jonathan Hutchins


Here are the classes not including unaffiliated:
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


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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