NATIONAL AREA QUALIFIERS

Dressage qualifier for Winter Championship

For teams of either 4 seniors or 4 juniors. Two members of the team will ride a Prelim test and two members will ride a Novice test.

Dressage & Riding Test qualifier for National Championship

For teams and individuals both senior and junior riding tests from Prelim to Medium and BRC Riding Tests. (A Riding Test is not judged as a dressage test. It is a test of competence of the rider and their influence on the horse. The rider should sit in a correct position and should be able to understand and apply the aids correctly for each pace and movement.)

Novice Indoor Show Jumping qualifier for Winter Championship

For teams of either 4 seniors or 4 juniors. The first round is a maximum of 80cms and the second round is a maximum of 85cms. If there is equality of faults for first place after the second round all members of the team will jump off against the clock over a shortened course which may be raised from 85cms. Where there is equality of faults for minor placings the result will be determined by the aggregate time of the three scoring members in the second round.

Show Jumping and Style Jumping qualifier for National Championship

Show Jumping is for teams and individuals - novice, intermediate and open for seniors; novice and intermediate for juniors. Novice is 80cms first round and 85cms second round. Intermediate is 95cms first round and 1m second round. Open is 1.1m first round and 1.15m second round.
Style Jumping is for teams and individuals both senior and junior over one round of fences not exceeding 85cms. (Riders are judged on the style of their riding both on the flat and over the fences.)

Combined Training qualifier for the Festival of the Horse

For teams of either 4 seniors or 4 juniors. Two members of the team ride a Prelim test with a round of show jumps not exceeding 75cms and two members of the team ride a Novice test with a round of show jumps not exceeding 85cms.

The Festival of the Horse Challenge qualifier

This is a test of the ability of a combination to negotiate a show jumping course together with a cross country course. For teams of either 4 seniors or 4 juniors, senior pairs and junior pairs, and individuals. The team and individual challenges are at two levels fences a maximum of 90cms and fences a maximum of 1m. The pairs challenges are over fences not exceeding 90cms.

Horse Trials qualifier for National Championship

The dressage tests are BRC Horse Trials tests. For senior teams of 4 and senior individuals there are four fence heights 80cms, 90cms, 1m and 1m+. For junior teams of 4 and junior individuals there are two fence heights 90cms and 1m.

Eligibility of horse and/or rider

For many qualifiers there are restrictions on rider qualifications, monetary winnings of horses and official points earned by horses. These are set out in the British Riding Clubs Official Rules see www.bhs.org.uk/enjoy-riding/british-riding-clubs/brc-rulebook. These rules are revised annually and come into effect on 1 January each year.

The Official Rules set out permissible tack, guidance on dress, whether whips and/or spurs are permitted, whether dressage tests can be called, etc. The Team Manager will have a copy of the Rules and can answer any queries you may have.

Particularly important
For all events your hat must conform to BRC Guidelines and be tagged.
Body Protectors and medical armbands are compulsory for all cross country competitions. Body Protectors must conform to the recommended standard.

Your horse must be fully vaccinated against Equine Influenza and the injections must have been given at the correct time. Depending on when the current vaccination programme started if there were errors before you bought the horse the course would need to be restarted to comply with BRC rules. Vaccinations must not be given in the 6 days before a competition. Passports and vaccinations records are checked at all qualifiers and any horse failing the requirements will not be allowed to compete