Horse Trials :: Shared Description

The equestrian sport of Eventing comprises three phases: dressage, showjumping and cross-country, which test horse and rider skills and abilities in different ways. (Both dressage and showjumping exist as competitive disciplines in their own right, but only eventing combines them and cross-country in a single competition). Competitions are called 'horse trials' and take place over one or more days, hence 'one-day event' (ODE), 'three-day event'.

There will usually be several classes at an event, each graded according to difficulty, complexity and/or duration, and run under either national rules (the UK governing body is British Eventing) or international rules (the FEI, or International Equestrian Federation). In the UK there are six levels of affiliated eventing to cater for all levels of horse and rider: BE80(T) (the 'T' stands for Training), BE90 (formerly 'Intro'), BE100 (formerly 'Pre-Novice'), Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. International classes are graded with a star system from * to ****. A four-star competition is the highest level of eventing. There are only six such competitions in the world, two of which are held in the UK: Badminton in the spring and Burghley in the autumn.

Scoring is on a cumulative penalty basis. In dressage, each movement is scored out of ten, with the total being added up and converted to a penalty. In showjumping, penalties are awarded for fences knocked down and also for exceeding the time limit. In the cross-country phase, penalties are awarded for a variety of infractions such as refusals, falls, circling between lettered obstacles, and exceeding the optimum time. The competitor with the fewest penalties at the end is the winner of the section.

For more information see:
British Eventing website LinkExternal link
Eventing entry in Wikipedia LinkExternal link
by Jonathan Hutchins
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SJ8065 : Showjumping arena at Somerford Park Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SK1426 : Eland Lodge Horse Trials: cross-country course by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ5567 : Kelsall Hill Horse Trials: trade stands by showjumping arena by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2014 : Cross-country start box at Catton Park by Jonathan Hutchins
SK1427 : Cross-country fences at Eland Lodge Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Badminton Horse Trials 2017: cross-country fence 27 - hedge by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Ice-cream van at Badminton Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2570 : Queen Mary's Bower at Chatsworth Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ5567 : Kelsall Hill Horse Trials: showjumping arena by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8899 : Cross-country fences at Gatcombe Park by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ5567 : Kelsall Hill Horse Trials: dressage arenas by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2014 : Cross-country course through Catton Wood by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ5568 : Kelsall Hill Horse Trials: lorry park by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Ice-cream van at Badminton Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SK1427 : Unused cross-country fences at Eland Lodge Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2570 : Spectators watching the showjumping at Chatsworth Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2570 : Chatsworth Horse Trials: dressage in torrential rain by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2670 : Chatsworth Horse Trials: the Ice Pond by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8010 : Weston Park Horse Trials: showjumping arena by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Entrance to main arena and members' enclosure at Badminton Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2014 : Catton Park Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ7562 : 'Stick pile' and corner on cross-country course by Jonathan Hutchins
SU1574 : Barbury Castle Horse Trials: Stonehenge cross-country fence complex by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Badminton Horse Trials 2017: cross-country fence 2 - rolltop by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Trade stands on 'Worcester Way', Badminton Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins

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