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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SJ9525 : Stafford Horse Trials: cross-country warm-up area by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8010 : Weston Park Horse Trials: corners by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8084 : Badminton Horse Trials 2017: cross-country fence 3 - table by Jonathan Hutchins
ST7983 : Dressage arenas for the Mitsubishi Motors Cup by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2014 : Catton Park Horse Trials: trakehner on Novice cross-country course by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country course on old railway line by Jonathan Hutchins
ST7983 : Traffic queue at Badminton by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Car parking at Badminton Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8182 : Badminton Horse Trials 2015: Shogun Hollow by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8165 : Somerford Park Horse Trials: water obstacle by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ6938 : Brand Hall Horse Trials: cross-country obstacles: Boat House by Jonathan Hutchins
ST7983 : Trade stands at the Mitsubishi Motors Cup by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8165 : Somerford Park Horse Trials: cross-country obstacle by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2570 : Cross-country fences at Chatsworth Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
SK2671 : Chatsworth Horse Trials: cross-country fence 15 by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8084 : Badminton Horse Trials: competitor on the Grassroots cross-country course by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8165 : Somerford Park Horse Trials: cross-country warm-up and start by Jonathan Hutchins
SP4415 : Blenheim Horse Trials: fence 6 by the Dew Pond by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Big screen at Badminton Horse Trials by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Badminton Horse Trials 2015: fence 23b by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ8165 : Somerford Park Horse Trials: ascent to the cross-country finish by Jonathan Hutchins
SJ9525 : Stafford Horse Trials: rolltop fences on the cross-country by Jonathan Hutchins
ST8083 : Badminton Horse Trials 2015: Tina Cook and De Novo News by Jonathan Hutchins

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