European Championships

The eventing European Championships take place every two years at a different European host country and are run at CCI4*-L level. 

The FEI European Championships moved to Switzerland for the eventing competition for 2021. The venue is the Swiss National Equestrian Institute in Avenches (IENA), a leading training venue built on the grounds of the former Federal Stud Farm that hosts competitions for a number of disciplines throughout the year. This is the first time that Switzerland has hosted an Eventing European Championship since 1983. 

Selection Policy

2021 European Championships

The FEI European Championships move to Switzerland for the eventing competition for 2021.

Gold - Nicola Wilson with Mr & Mrs J Lambert and Mrs D Johnston JL Dublin*

Silver - Piggy March with John and Chloe Perry, Alison Swiburn's Brookfield Inocent*

Bronze - Sarah Bullimore with Brett Bullimore,Kew Jumping Syndicate and her own Corouet

Ninth - Kitty King with Diana Bown, Sally Eyre, Samantha Wilson and Sally Lloyd-Baker’s Vendredi Biats*

Tenth - Izzy Taylor with Christian Heinrich, Mark Sartori and her own Monkeying Around

Forth Sixth - Ros Canter with Caroline Moore and her own Allstar B

*Denotes Team Rider


Final Team positions:

Gold –  Great Britain (73.1)

Silver – Germany (86.4)

Bronze – Sweden (113.9)


The Format

Six riders represent each nation with four on the team. In the team, the best three scores count towards the team score to decide the placings. The individual and team winners are the combination and team with the lowest penalty score at the end of the competition.


Dressage takes place over two days and all riders complete 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). 

Cross country

Competitors then take on the cross country and any penalties picked up from this phase are added to their dressage score. Penalties are incurred during this phase for a refusal, run-out or for exceeding the time allowed. Falls of horse or rider result in elimination. 

Show jumping

Show jumping is the final phase and penalties are awarded for knocking down an obstacle, a refusal at a fence or exceeding the optimum time. Riders can be eliminated for a second refusal or a fall. The penalties are then added to the combined dressage and cross country score and the individual winner is the combination with the lowest number of penalty points. In the team event, the three best placed team riders' scores are added together to calculate the overall result. 

Equestrian World Class Programme

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).