European Championships

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

Following the cancellation of the 2021 European Championships due to COVID-19, details of the next European Championships are to be confirmed by the FEI.

Selection Policy

2019 European Championships

The 2019 European Championships were held at Luhmühlen in Germany (dates 29 August to 1 September 2019)

Final individual placings for GB:

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

Ninth - Oliver Townend with Angela Hislop’s Cooley Master Class*

15th - Piggy French with Jayne McGivern’s Quarrycrest Echo*

22st - Pippa Funnell with Marek Sebastak and her own Majas Hope*

42nd - Tina Cook with Elisabeth Murdoch’s Billy The Red*

EL XC - Laura Collett with Karen Bartlett, Keith Scott and her own London 52

*denotes team rider

Full individual results HERE

Final Team positions:

Gold – Germany (82.5)

Silver – Great Britain (104.8)

Bronze – Sweden (105.1)

Full team results HERE

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).