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 : TV and undercover seating at Somerford Park Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8182 : Badminton Horse Trials 2017: cross-country fence 14 - trakehner by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Track looking west out of Badminton Park by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles: Cattle Feeder by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8165 : Somerford Park Horse Trials: corner fence by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Badminton Horse Trials 2016: food court by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ5567 : Kelsall Hill Horse Trials: showjumping arena by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles: Blue Chip Pro Crossing by Jonathan Hutchins
SP8690 : Rockingham Castle Horse Trials: showjumping by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Lakeside bar at Badminton Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ9525 : Stafford Horse Trials: horse ambulance, portaloo and Control box by Jonathan Hutchins
SK1427 : Lorry park at Eland Lodge Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8899 : Spectators at Gatcombe Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SK1426 : Cross-country fences at Eland Lodge Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SU1574 : Barbury Castle Horse Trials: cross-country course by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Catering facilities at Badminton Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2570 : Track at Chatsworth Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Horse jumps for sale by Jonathan Hutchins
SP4415 : Blenheim Horse Trials: Members' Enclosure and Marlborough Arena by Jonathan Hutchins
ST7983 : Temporary stabling for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8899 : Showjumping arena at Gatcombe Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SP4415 : Blenheim Horse Trials: fence 6, Dew Pond and trade stands by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ7562 : Cross-country fence at Bradwall Manor by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2014 : Catton Park Horse Trials: trakehner on Novice course by Jonathan Hutchins

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