British Eventing (BE) introduced its jumping and style (JAS) series in 2001 as a stop-gap during the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak when outdoor competition was halted. In a nutshell, it is a quick-fire arena eventing competition, without the dressage.

The style aspect of the class is judged by a panel of judges and judges for the 2016 series include Nick Gauntlett and Jeanette Brakewell.

The series culminates in a final at the end of February which competitors must qualify for.

Here’s some fast facts to help describe how these competitions work.

  • Classes range from BE90 to open (1.15m) level. They consist of six to eight showjumps, followed immediately by eight to 10 simulated, knock-down cross-country fences
  • You can expect to find skinnies, corners and simulated coffins even at BE90 level, albeit in a simple form
  • The fences are plastic, in bright and garish colours, and can catch out young horses
  • There is an optimum time for the “cross-country” phase based on metres per minute. Exceeding the optimum time incurs one penalty for every second over
  • The final score will consist of the total jumping and time-penalties, plus a style mark (out of a possible 60 points) judged by a BE-accredited coach or elite rider, over both jumping phases and translated into penalties

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Training tips

  • If your horse is not used to narrow fences, build up slowly. Start by using poles on the floor between wings, focusing on accuracy and control
  • Recreate skinnies and corners at home using bright and garish materials to create obstacles
  • Plan some “despooking” sessions. Get your horse used to jumping over blue plastic and makeshift water trays
  • Before you enter an arena event, take part in at least a handful showjumping classes where the jump-off follows immediately after the first round to help get your horse used to jumping a number of fences in one go
  • Hire a local show centre with bright fences or take part in a few indoor eventing clinics.

JAS dates 2016

  • 10 January — Bury Farm, Buckinghamshire — Style juge: Sarah Bullimore
  • 16 January — Hartpury College, Gloucestershire — Style judge: Lizzel Winter
  • 17 January — West Wilts Equestrian Centre, Wiltshire — Style judge: Jayne Smart
  • 23 January — Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire — Style judge: Heidi Woodhead
  • 24 January — Solihull, West Midlands — Style judge: John Paul Sheffield
  • 30 January — Houghton Hall, Norfolk — Style judge: Sue Ringrose
  • 31 January — Wellington, Hampshire — Style judge: Helen Wilson
  • 6 February — Bury Farm, Buckinghamshire — Style judge: Jonathan Chapman
  • 7 February — Aintree Equestrian, Merseyside — Style judge: Jeanette Brakewell
  • 13 February — Arena UK, Lincolnshire — Style judge: Emilie Chandler
  • 14 February — Hartpury College, Gloucestershire — Style judge: Nick Gauntlett
  • FINAL — 21 Febraury — Hartpury College, Gloucestershire — Style judge: Jeanette Brakewell

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