To compete in the Dodson & Horrell Novice Championship, combinations qualify through one of a series of Novice Regional Finals. Many of the top horses you see today have come through the Novice Championship as it provides a good stepping stone, and test, for horses coming up through the grades. Notable horses that have picked up top ten results in the Novice Championship include Cool Mountain, Avebury, One Two Many and Ballaghmor Class.
Who can compete in the Novice Championship?
Grade 3 or 4 horses, when at the event ballot date, that finish first, second or third in each normal Novice, Open Novice, Intermediate Novice One Day, CCI2*-S or Novice, Open Novice, Intermediate Novice Two Day section (excluding ONu18) held at BE events from 1 June the year prior to the Championship to 31 May in the year of the Championship will qualify to compete at a Novice Regional Final.
Horses placed in the top 20 per cent of starters in a CCI2*-L held between 1 June the year prior to the Championship to 31 May in the year of the Championship, and Grade 3 or 4 at the start of that competition, will qualify directly for the Novice Championship Final.
Novice Regional Finals will take place during April, May and June in the year of the Championships.
Full details on qualification can be found in the BE Members' Handbook HERE.
What level is the Novice Championship held at?
The Championship is run at Intermediate level. Find out more about the levels of British Eventing HERE.
When are the Novice Championships?
The Novice Championship takes place at The Festival of British Eventing from 2 - 4 August 2019.