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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SJ5567 : Kelsall Hill Horse Trials: dressage arena by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8061 : Cross-country fence at Smallwood by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8061 : Lorry park at Smallwood by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: hedge gap on cross-country course by Jonathan Hutchins
SK1426 : Eland Lodge Horse Trials: Palisade over Ditch on the cross-country course by Jonathan Hutchins
SU1674 : Barbury Castle Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2014 : Catton Park Horse Trials: racing through the wood by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2570 : Hospitality marquee at Chatsworth Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SP4414 : Blenheim Horse Trials: cross-country obstacle by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8061 : Control and commentary box at Smallwood by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8065 : Cars by the showjumping warm-up arena by Jonathan Hutchins
SK1427 : Dressage warm-up arena at Eland Lodge Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Crowds by the lake on cross-country day at Badminton by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Badminton Horse Trials 2016: Silver Anniversary L200s by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8165 : Cross-country course at Somerford Park by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country obstacle by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Big TV at Badminton Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ5567 : Kelsall Hill Horse Trials: frangible pin by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8061 : Dressage arena at Smallwood by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Badminton Horse Trials 2016: Lakeside bar by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ9524 : Stafford Horse Trials: sunken road on the cross-country course by Jonathan Hutchins
SK1426 : Cross-country course at Eland Lodge Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8010 : Weston Park Horse Trials: ditch on cross-country course by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8061 : Cross-country fences at Smallwood by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ5567 : Kelsall Hill Horse Trials: the Ski Jump by Jonathan Hutchins

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Created: Wed, 4 Mar 2015, Updated: Tue, 15 Sep 2015

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