Eventing

This sport combines Dressage, Show-jumping and X-Country. You always do your dressage test first, and this is normally followed by the x-country and then the show-jumping, though the two jumping phases may be reversed. Eventing is probably the most demanding of the equestrian sports and brings with it a huge sense of achievement on the completion of an event.

Tack and rider turnout are as per the current tack sheets for each discipline, and you will go through 3 separate tack inspections on the day. They are very strict!

Ponies must be at least 5 years old to compete. C test is compulsory for all classes except the U12.

Category

Age Show   jumps X-Country
Open Team(3/4) Under 21 1.10m 1.10m
Intermediate Team(3/4) Under 21 1.00m 1.00m
Junior Team(3/4) Under 15 90cm 90cm
U12 (area comp only)Individual Under 12 80cm 80cm

The Dressage tests for each category are decided at the beginning of each year.In order to qualify for the Horse Trial Championships in August a rider/pony combination must go clear around two of the x-country courses at qualifiers around the country. The horse trial season starts around mid June.

Prior to the actual one-day-events starting you need to get out and get x-country experience at hunter trials, two-phase events and jump-cross competitions. Also get out and do dressage and show-jumping, try taking part in the combined training competitions held in the area.

A full set of the IPC Eventing Rules are available online for anyone who wants them, and are an important reference for those taking part. They detail everything from the correct hand to salute the dressage judge with to the various ways to jump x-country combinations without incurring penalties.

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