Saddlery not permitted in dressage

  • Bit and tongue guards
  • Nose nets (except with written permission from sport director)
  • Sheepskin or other attachments that might affect the horse’s vision
  • Ear covers
  • Fly fringes (unless authorised by BE steward in exceptional climatic conditions)
  • Running and Irish martingales
  • Side reins, running reins and chambons
  • Neck straps (except in BE90 & BE100)
  • Seat covers
  • Boots or bandages
  • Equiboots or hoof boots

Not permitted in show jumping or cross-country

  • Fly fringes (unless authorised by BE steward in exceptional climatic conditions)
  • Side reins, running reins and chambons
  • Equiboots or hoof boots
  • Indirect attachment of reins to bits, hackamores or any form of bitless bridle
  • Curb rein passing through ring of running martingale
  • Any stirrup or leather that does not hang outside the flap of the saddle
  • Market Harboroughs

Not permitted in any discipline

  • Blinkers
  • Tongue strap or tying down the horse’s tongue
  • Draw reins
  • Standing martingale
  • Any other form of martingale or gadget


  • Permitted in all classes
  • Compulsory for advanced

Double Bridles

  • Only permitted at Intermediate Novice and above for dressage
  • Cavesson nosebands are compulsory with a double bridle


  • English style saddles are compulsory
  • Side-saddle riding is not permitted

Permitted bridoon bits

    NB…a double bridle should always consist of a broken (simple or double) and a straight bit.

  • Loose ring, single jointed bridoon bit
  • Double jointed bridoon bit
  • Egg-butt bridoon bit
  • Bridoon bit with hanging cheeks

Permitted curb bits and accessories

  • Half moon curb
  • Curb bit with curved cheeks and port
  • Curb bit with loops for lipstrap on the cheeks and with port
  • Curb bit with port and sliding mouth piece (Weymouth)
  • Curb chains
  • Lipstraps
  • Rubber curb chain covers
  • Leather curb chain covers


  • if a snaffle has two joints, all parts must be rounded and smooth
      Permitted cheeks or rings

    • Loose ring
    • Egg-butt
    • D-ring/racing snaffle
    • Full cheek
    • Snaffle with upper cheeks only
    • Hanging cheek

    Permitted mouthpieces

    • Single jointed
    • Double jointed
    • Double jointed (French link)
    • Double jointed (lozenge)
    • Straight bar
    • Unjointed wavy (rubber or plastic only)
    • Rotating mouthpiece

    Permitted materials

    • Rubber, leather, plastic or steel