2018 Pre-season reminders (updated 15/2/18)
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Cross Country entry level 22 Feb 18

2018 Pre-season reminders (updated 15/2/18)

Entries are now open for the first events of the new season and to help you prepare, you will find below a list of pre-season reminders and rule changes:

A full list of post-printing rule book changes can be downloaded HERE




Protective headwear

  • 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.


Body Protectors

  • 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.


Entries, Admin and Insurance

  • 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.
  • 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 Please see the refund policy in the event schedule for information on refunds for withdrawn entries.
  • Withdrawals are final and may not be retracted.
  • Prize money and entry fees have increased by 5% - read more HERE.
  • In the event of abandonment BE will text competitors using the number provided in the ‘mobile’ field of membership details – please ensure you have a number in this field and it is correct. You can update your details HERE.


Competition, saddlery and dress rule changes

  • Update to dressage test Novice 131 HERE.
  • Competing alone – make sure up to date contact number is available for next of kin and also be wise to let secretaries know.
  • A competitor who falls during the cross country phase must not remount until they have been checked by a paramedic or doctor.
  • Any competitor falling during their dressage test or on course of the show jumping or cross country phase will be eliminated and not allowed to continue on course.
  • Riders who fall in the warm up of any phase or before passing through the start of the show jumping or cross country must be checked by a doctor before continuing.
  • Multiple horse riders who fall off must undergo a fit to ride assessment carried out by the event doctor before being allowed to ride subsequent horses. Read full details HERE.
  • 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 show jumping 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.
  • 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.
  • Three new dressage tests have been introduced (BE90 Championship Test, BE100 Championship Test and BE Novice Test) – please note errata)
  • Since stopwatches have been permitted for cross country at all levels (2017), we have seen lots of competitors deliberately slowing down to cross the finish line. Please note that this may incur a disciplinary sanction as per Rule 5.9: Pace.