Key BE rule changes for 2018
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BE Logo 22 Dec 17

Key BE rule changes for 2018

A full digital version of the 2018 BE Rules and Members' Handbook, along with rule changes for 2018, are now available on the BE website HERE.







Key Changes

  • From 1st January 2018 personal accident insurance will no longer be a benefit for Full Members; this insurance offered limited benefit to members and therefore very few were able to claim under the policy, however a comprehensive offering is available via KBIS which BE members can enjoy at a competitive rate. Find out more.
  • BE105 classes will be open to all grades of horses.
  • Pony Club Members who achieved a qualifying result at the PC100 Eventing Championships in the current or preceding year may use this as one of their MERs towards competing at BE Novice level. Proof must be provided to BE as this will not be automatically recognised by the system.
  • The “Withdrawal Date” has been renamed the “Entry Amendment Date” to avoid misconception that refunds are due to those who withdraw by this date. Please see the refund policy in the event schedule for information on refunds for withdrawn entries.
  • Entries made pending qualifications will be subject to the Minimum Refund Policy.
  • Withdrawals are final and may not be retracted.
  • Competitors wishing to bring non-competing horse(s) must seek permission from the Event Organisers and, once on site, competitors must register their non-competing horse(s) with the event secretary who will issue the horse with a number which must be worn by the horse at all times. A bridle number must be provided by the person responsible for the horse.
  • In the event of a rider fall during the showjumping round, the bell will be rung and the clock will be stopped while the rider remounts and the jump rebuilt (if necessary). Six seconds will be added to the competitor’s time. The 45 second rule will not apply.
  • British Eventing, British Riding Clubs and The Pony Club have unified their hat standards resulting in a single hat tag being accepted across British Eventing, The Pony Club and British Riding Club events in 2018. The new ‘aqua’ coloured hat tag will carry the logo of the body that checks the hat.
  • BE will no longer accept the AS/NZS 3838 standard prior to 2006.
  • British Eventing will no longer permit the use of BETA Level 3 body protectors with a 2000 label.
  • An ExoBody Cage, if worn, must be declared to the event secretary prior to the cross country phase.
  • Rowel spurs will be permitted in all phases (although not for Young Horse Classes). Rowels may be horizontal or vertical but must be smooth, round and free to rotate.
  • At Intermediate level (excluding the Intermediate Championships) and below, jacket colours are no longer confined to black, dark blue or tweed and may be any single conservative colour in muted tones, or, competitors may choose to ride without jackets. Competitors may choose to wear a fitted waistcoat in any conservative colour in muted tones. If no jacket is worn a suitable long/short sleeved shirt that fastens at the neck (white or cream and not bright or multi-coloured) must be worn.
  • Wavy snaffles) will no longer be permitted for dressage.
  • Prize money has increased by 5%
  • A competitor who falls during the cross country phase must not remount until they have been checked by a paramedic or doctor.
  • Three new dressage tests have been introduced (BE90 Championship Test, BE100 Championship Test and BE Novice Test).
  • New eligibility rules for the Scottish Championships have been devised.


The full list of 2018 rule changes can be downloaded HERE and the 2018 BE Rules and Members’ Handbook will be available in due course.