Arena Eventing

Open to both BE Members and non-members, competitors first complete a round of show jumps immediately followed by a cross country course. Arena Eventing is the perfect pre-season competition, providing both show jumping practice and training over some of the technical elements of cross country, all on an arena surface during the winter months.  

Our Arena Eventing competitions will take on a new format this year.

The qualifying format for the Bates Saddles Arena Championships has changed. You will able to enter Arena Eventing classes at various venues between November and mid February at 80/90/100cms level. Top placed combinations for each class will be provided with a Qualification card which will qualify for them for Bates Saddles British Eventing Arena Championships.

Competitor Reminder: You will need to print off your own bib numbers at home.

Download Number template (Word Doc)

Download Number template (PDF)

Bates Saddles Championship

Bates Saddles Arena Championships will be held on February 19, 2022, at Aston le Walls Eventing Centre, Daventry, NN11 6RT.





Golden Cross Equestrian Centre

South East

Coombelands Equestrian

South East


South East

Bicton Arena

South West

Speetley Equestrian

Central North

Mendip Plains Equestrian Centre

South West


Central North

Chard Equestrian

South West

Richmond Equestrian Centre


Morris Equestrian


Dallas Burston


Bold Heath Equestrian

Central North


South West

Aston le Walls


Wellington Riding South
Vale View Central


Have I qualified?

  1. Please check the details on this card on receipt to ensure all is correct.  Please contact the competition organiser on the day, if any correction is required.
  2. Before making your entry to the Championships, please forward a clear image of the card to with the horse and rider names in the email subject header.  Example: Renee Groeninx/A Cool Dude.   You can do this at any time but the email must be received prior to making your Championship entry.
  3. Make your Championship entry via the BE Website.  Entries will open end of January.
  4. Non-BE members are welcome at the Championships, a non- member entry fee is applicable. In the event of oversubscribed entries, BE members will take priority. Any entry not accepted will be refunded in full minus the booking fee.
  5. Please make sure you have read and understood all the rules and Arena Eventing Championship details as detailed on the Championship Schedule and BE Arena Eventing webpage.
  6. Any questions please email  Please allow 3 to 5 working days for a reply.



  1. Qualifications for the BE AE Championships 2022 are at 80cm, 90cm and 100cm AE classes at participating venues
  2. Qualifying competitions are organized and run by the venue, please abide by the venue’s rules and guidance when competing there.
  3. Competitors who qualify for the BE Arena Eventing Championships 2022 will receive a British Eventing AE Championships 2022 qualification card from the AE competition Organiser.
  4. Qualification is for combinations only.  Substitutions will not be possible. If a combination is qualified for all 3 Championships, their Championship entries will be limited to the 2 higher level classes.
  5. The Championships are open to non members but BE members enjoy priority entry and lower entry fee.
  6. Qualification is as follows:

For 80cm & 90cm classes

  • below 15 starters in a class > top 4 qualify
  • upto and incl 30 starters in a class > top 6 qualify
  • 31 or more starters in a class >top 8 qualify

For 100 cm class 

  • below 15 starters in a class > top 6 qualify
  • upto and incl 30 starters in a class > top 8 qualify
  • 31 or more starters in a class >top 10 qualify
  1. Championships refund policy as per Championship Schedule on the BE Website
  2. If the horse of a qualified combination is higher than BE Grade 4 (i.e. has earned BE Grading points at BE Novice or above), can only enter the AE90 Championships or AE100Open Championship. Grade 4 horses can compete in all AE Championship classes. There is no limit on Foundation Points earned.  BE Downgraded horses can compete in AE90Open or AE100Open Championships only.   If the horse has not competed in BE competitions before, the horse is Grade 4 and is eligible for any championship class.
  3. Competition results (rider name, horse name, position, penalties, competition class and date) will be shared with British Eventing to support championship entry validation.
  4. The Championships are run and administered under British Eventing Rules and regulations 2022. Body protector and protective headwear to 2022 guidelines must be worn. Stop watches are not permitted.
  5. Riders must be in their 12th birth year or older in 2022; horses/ponies must be foaled in 2017 or older.  Heights: for AE80 and AE90 Championships ponies must be at a minimum 132cm’s, for AE100 they must be a minimum of 142cms
  6. Riders who have completed an Advanced, 3*, 4* or 5* competition prior to time of entry in the current season, or in the two immediately previous seasons, and horses who have BE Grading Points, may only take part in the BE90Open and BE100Open class.
  7. The winner will be the competitor with the lowest number of penalties. In the event of a tie the winner will be the one closest to the optimum time. Time allowed is twice the optimum tim

2021/2022 Arena Eventing Rules

Click here to view the Arena Eventing rules for 2021/2022.

Member Discount

BE members receive discount on entry fees to Arena Eventing; membership starts from just £25 with Supporter Membership and also includes subscription to BE Life magazine and access to the Inspired Rewards scheme.

Contact Us

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