Nations Cup

The Nations Cup series for eventing piloted in 2012 and rolled out in full in 2013. It is open to all nations and competitions are run at CCI4*-S level. There are eight competitions throughout the eventing season where teams can pick up points from each one, with the nations' seven best scores counting. The series winner is the nation with the most points at the end of the season.

After winning the most points during the 2018 season, Great Britain are the current Fédération Equestre Internationale Eventing Nations Cup Champions.


Teams are made up of three or four athletes with the best three scores counting, however some of the Nations Cup fixtures are being used to trial the new Olympic format - more details can be found HERE.

All of the competitions in the series are run at CCI4*-S level except for the final fixture in the calendar at Boekelo Horse Trials, which is at CCI4*-L. 


Dressage takes place over two days with all riders completing a predetermined test of movements in front of three judges. The judges award marks out of 10 and, after combining the scores to give an overall percentage score, the score is then converted into penalty points (the higher the percentage, the lower the penalty score). 

Show jumping

At the CCI4*-S fixtures, the show jumping can take place either after the dressage or as the final phase after the cross country. In the final CCI4*-L fixture, the show jumping takes place on the last day after the cross country. 

Any penalties for knocking down obstacles, refusals or exceeding the optimum time are added to the score.

Cross country

At the CCI4*-S fixtures, the cross country can take place either after the dressage or as the final phase after the show jumping. In the final CCI4*-L fixture, the cross country takes place after the dressage and before the show jumping; the course is also longer than that at the CCI4*-S.

Penalties are incurred and added to the score for refusals, run-outs and for exceeding the optimum time allowed. 


Could you represent GB on an Eventing Nations Cup squad?

The Senior Eventing Selection Committee will shortly be inviting riders to apply for the 2019 FEI Nations Cups squads; the criteria and how to apply will be posted here in due course. Read the FEI rules HERE.



2019 Nations Cup Series

Leg Date Venue Country Level
1 23-26 May Houghton Hall Great Britain CCI4*-S
2 5-8 June Pratoni Del Vivaro Italy CCI4*-S
3 27-30 June Strzegom Poland CCI4*-S
4 24-29 July Camphire Cappoquin Ireland CCI4*-S
5 7-13 August Le Pin au Haras France CCI4*-S
6 19-22 September Waregem Belgium CCI4*-S
7 10-13 October Boekelo Netherlands CCI4*-L

Equestrian World Class Prorgamme

The GBR eventing teams are supported by the British Equestrian Federation's World Class Programme, funded by UK Sport through the National Lottery. The Programme focuses on identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal-winning performances on the world stage. The GB Nations Cup team are funded and supported by the World Class Programme, however selection on to a Nations Cup team does not constitute an automatic invitation to World Class Programme training or on to the World Class Programme (selection criteria for this Programme can be found on the BEF website).

Nations Cup results