The competition levels

The sport is split into National and International competition levels. 

The National levels

  • BE80(T) is the introductory level of the sport and the maximum height of show jumping and cross country fences is 80 cm. The 'T' stands for training, and competitors have access to a BE Accredited Coach at all events running these classes. 
     
  • BE90 level competition requires combinations to jump fences with a maximum height of 90cm. 
     
  • BE100 level is for horses and riders to compete over fences with a maximum height of 100cm. 
     
  • BE100 Plus classes are a step up from BE100 before BE105, they have a Novice level dressage test but a BE100 level show jumping and cross country (maximum height of fences is 100cm)
     
  • BE105 is a bridge between BE100 and Novice classes. The dressage test is Novice level and the maximum height of fences is 105cm. 
     
  • Novice (N) level has show jumping and cross country fences with a maximum height of 110cm.
     
  • Intermediate Novice (IN) bridges the gap between Novice and Intermediate with an Intermediate level dressage test and show jumping course (at a maximum height of 115cm), but a Novice level cross country course.
     
  • Intermediate (I) fences are a maximum of 115cm. 
     
  • Advanced Intermediate (AI) classes have an Advanced level dressage test and show jumping course (at a maximum height of 120cm, but an Intermediate level cross country course.
     
  • Advanced level (A) is the top level of National eventing competition. The maximum height of fences on any Advanced course is 120cm. 
     

Special class codes

Next to some British Eventing classes you will see special class codes:

Open - These are special classes for horses that have British Eventing Points. Horses win BE Points at Novice level and above and there are some restrictions on the number of points a horse can have on its record in order to be able to compete in certain classes. Open classes do not have restrictions on the number of points a horse has. Displayed as BE90Open, ON, OI etc. 

4YO - These classes are restricted to four year old horses, find out more HERE

5YO - These classes are restricted to five year old horses, find out more HERE

U18 - Classes restricted to riders in the year of their 18th birthday or younger

U21 - Classes restricted to riders in the year of their 21st birthday or younger 

U25 - Classes restricted to riders in the year of their 25th birthday or younger

BC - A British Championship class

PC - Classes for members of the Pony Club

PT - A Pony Trial, restricted to eligible ponies and riders, find out more HERE

AE - This is an Arena Eventing competition, find out more HERE

JT - This is a Jump Training competition, find out more HERE

WL - Is a wait list. If a class gets over subscribed, some organisers run a wait list.

 

 

The International levels
At International level the lowest level is referred to as a 1* class and the highest International level is a 5* class. In Great Britain the lowest level of International class is 2* level. These competitions are regulated by the FEI (Fédération Équestre Internationale). More information on the FEI can be found HERE.

 

2018 categorisation system  2019 categorisation system Insert format/fence heights
Olympic & WEG  Olympic & WEG   
CCI4* CCI5*-L   
CCI3* CCI4*-L  
CIC3*  CCI4*-S  
CCI2* CCI3*-L  
CIC2* CCI3*-S  
CCI1* CCI2*-L  
New introductory level CCI1* (Can be run as short or long format)  

 

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