Thinking of going affiliated showjumping? Here’s what you need to know

Are you considering a move to affiliated showjumping? If so, don’t miss this useful guide on how to get started and what you can expect.

Plus, don’t miss this week’s Horse & Hound magazine (out on Thursday 28 February 2019), where you will find one free British Showjumping Ticket to Ride in every copy. Simply fill out the ticket form and take it to a show of your choice*.

Which organisation?: The governing body of show jumping in the UK is British Showjumping (BS).

How much does it cost ?: There is a range of membership options available, starting at £30. It costs £140 for a full jumping member, horse registration starts from £82.

Membership package: Public liability insurance to £30,000,000, member magazine and rule book.

Why affiliate?: Classes affiliated to BS are structured to promote fair competition.

What to expect: Although many local showjumping competitions are run under BS rules, with a registered course builder/designer and judge, if you affiliate you’ll be getting consistency across all the competitions you enter. Note that you may face extra rules which don’t always apply at unaffiliated level, such as penalties for resistance if your horse refuses to go forward, halts or rears, anywhere on the course.

Horse grading: Affiliated horses are classed under three categories, depending on how many points they have won:

  • Grade C: 0-999
  • Grade B: 1,000-1,999
  • Grade A: 2,000 points or more

Competition structure: Some of the classes you can expect to come across at an affiliated show are British Novice, Discovery, Newcomers and Foxhunter (see box below for more details). These classes offer the chance to qualify for second rounds, then a final. The emphasis is on getting combinations to jump consistently rather than racing against the clock, and you need to achieve four double clears in each category to qualify. You then earn three chances to compete at a second round competition and try for a place in the final.

Ticket to ride: Non-members of BS can purchase a day ticket from show secretaries for £6. You need one ticket per class. You won’t receive any prize money if you’re placed.

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Guide to classes

    • British Novice: Aimed at the novice horse, this class is open to Grade C horses who have won less than 125 points. The start height is a maximum height of 0.90m (2ft 11in) in a British Novice class. If you qualify for the second round, the start height goes up to 1m (3ft 3in).
    • Discovery: Open to registered horses who have won less than 225 points. The maximum start height is 1m (3ft 3in), going up to 1.05m (3ft 5in) in second round classes.
    • Newcomers: For horses who have won less than 375 points. The start height in the first round will be a maximum of 1.10m (3ft 7in) and 1.25m (4ft 1in) in second round competitions.
    • Foxhunter: To be eligible for this prestigious competition, which offers the chance to ride at the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) if you make the finals, horses must have won less than 700 points. Maximum start height in the first round is 1.20m (3ft 11in), while you’ll be jumping 1.30m (4ft 3in) if you qualify for the second round.
    • The British Novice and Discovery finals take place at the BS national championships, the Newcomer and Foxhunter finals at HOYS.

Find out more: Contact BS (0247669 8800) or visit:

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