However much experience you have of local shows, there’s something about going affiliated that means it’s a bit different — but these top tips should help you and your horse get started in affiliated competition

Consider buying a day ticket if you’re not sure whether you and your horse are ready for affiliated competition:

British Eventing (BE): £16 for a horse, £16 for a rider or £10 for a training ticket for BE80(T) for both horse and rider.

British Showjumping (BS): A ‘ticket to ride’ allows an unregistered horse and rider to compete in affiliated competitions for a small charge over the normal entry fee. You won’t receive prize-money, points or qualification places on a ticket. You can use as many tickets as you wish until you feel ready to register.

British Dressage (BD): You can enter any affiliated prelim without being a BD member.

Groom for someone at a couple of events before you compete yourself, so you can see what happens and it becomes less daunting.

Take advantage of the help that will be offered to you with affiliated membership.

For example, you can compete at BE80(T) on a £10 training ticket (price includes horse and rider, plus you have to pay the entry and start fee plus a £15 day pass) and get expert advice from an accredited trainer. And you can get training from BS too.

Visit these websites for more information:

www.britisheventing.com

www.britishdressage.co.uk

www.britishshowjumping.co.uk