Understanding affiliated eventing

  • There are five levels, Intro or Pre-novice (PN), Novice (N), Intermediate (I) and Advanced (A).

    Horses must be five years or older and 148cms or over in height without shoes.

    Your horse must have an up-to-date with diagrammatic Equine Influenza Certificate.

    You are classified as a junior from the start of the year that you are 15 to the end of the year of your 18th birthday. To be able to compete in novice and higher levels you must be 16 or over.

    Membership fees

  • Individual – for members who ride and/or own the registered horse. Cost £65

  • Junior – for members who have started their 16th year until the end of the year of 18th Birthday, may ride and/or own. Cost £45

  • Junior – for members who are at the end of year of 15th birthday – may ride and/or own. Cost £37

    Horses can be registered for the full year or part of the year and are classified according to number of points won. Grade III is the lowest classification and starts from £53.50, plus a £10 initial registration fee for the full year.

    British Eventing hold more than 140 competitions each year around the country. Before you consider becoming a member you should already be competing in all three disciplines at riding club level.

    At present you are unable to join the BE via their website. You must contact them for the relevant forms and information.

    Understanding the “ticket” system

    British Eventing also run a “ticket” system. At a cost of £15 you are able to compete in one class per horse. However, to do this you must be at least 14 years old (16 to compete at novice level) and horses/ponies must be 142.2cm or over without shoes (exceeding 148cm to compete in novice).

    If you have not reached your 16th birthday, you must obtain written permission from the Junior Regional Co-ordinator in order to compete in any class. A list is published in BE Bulletins.

    An application form for you and your horse must be completed in advance and accepted by the event organisers before you are able to compete. You cannot apply on the day. You can have a maximum of four tickets for each specific horse/rider combination. You are eligible for prizes and points for placings and doubles clears earned if the horse is subsequently registered.

    Required equipment


  • A hard hat of PAS015, ASTM F1163 or EN1384 standard with a correctly fitting harness that must be fastened at all times. It must be covered in a blue or black peaked cover.

  • Black, dark blue coat or tweed/hacking jacket

  • Buff/cream breeches

  • Cream/white stock with blue or black jacket

  • Coloured stock or collar and tie with tweed/hacking jacket

  • Gloves

  • Plain black or brown boots or leather gaiters

  • A BETA class 1, 2 or 3 body protector

  • Sweater or shirt

  • British Eventing medical card and holder

  • Number bib.


  • Leather bridle

  • English type saddle

  • Snaffle bit and bridle for dressage at Intro and Pre-novice stage dressage phase.

    For more information contact British Eventing, National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh Park, Kenilworth, Warwicks, CV8 2LR (tel: 02476 698856) or visit www.britisheventing.co.uk

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