Minimum Eligibility Requirements

What are MERs?

MERs, or minimum eligibility requirements, are the results that rider and horse, either as a combination or individually, must achieve in order to compete at a certain level. A summary of MERs can be found below for both the National and International levels.

Minimum Eligibility Requirements

National

At National level (BE80(T) to Advanced) an MER is achieved with the following result:

  • Not more than 50 penalties in the dressage
  • No more than 16 jumping penalties in the show jumping
  • Zero cross country penalties and no more than 30 cross country time penalties
Level MERs
BE80(T) None required
BE90 None required
BE90 Open None required
BE90PC None required
BE90Ou18 None required
BE100

Must have two MERs at BE90 level 

If in the year of 12th or 13th birthday, they must have completed two BE90 competitions as a combination.

BE100 Open As for BE100
BE100Ou18 As for BE100
BE100PC As for BE100
BE1003DE Please see Annex 5 in the BE Rules and Members' Handbook 
BE100 Plus As for BE100
BE105

Must have two MERs at BE100 or BE100 Plus

If in the year of their 16th birthday or younger, must have completed as a combination 2 MERs at BE100 / BE100 Plus.

Novice

Must have three MERs at BE100, BE100 Plus, BE105 or CCI1*

If in the year of 17th or 18th birthday, one MER must be as a combination.

If in the year of their 16th birthday or younger; must have completed as a combination four MERs at BE100 / BE100 Plus / BE105 and also must have completed as a combination one MER at OUN18. 

Open Novice As for Novice
Open Novice U18  As for Novice
Pony Open Novice As for Novice
Pony Trials As for Novice
Intermediate Novice As for Novice
Intermediate

Must have five MERS at Novice or 2* level, and at least one of these must have been completed as a combination if the competitor is competing at Intermediate for the first time (unless already qualified for Advanced)

If in the year of their 16th birthday or younger please see the BE Rules and Members' Handbook for full details

Open Intermediate As for Intermediate
Open Intermediate U21 As for Intermediate - please see the BE Rules and Members' Handbook for full details and if in the year of their 16th birthday or younger
Advanced Intermediate

As for Intermediate - please see the BE Rules and Members' Handbook for full details

Must be in the year of their 17th birthday or older

Advanced Must have five MERs at Intermediate or CCI3*-S/L and additional requirements exist for the horse - please see the BE Rules and Members' Handbook for full details

 

*Please note that there are other requirements to compete at certain levels, therefore read the BE Rules and Members' Handbook for full details

International

For International classes an MER is the following:

  • Dressage test with no more than 45 penalties
  • No cross country jumping penalties, and no more than 30 time penalties (75 seconds) at one, two, three and four star level, no more than 40 penalties (100 seconds) at five star major
  • No more than 16 show jumping penalties

If you do not know which category FEI athlete you are, you can find out on the FEI website.

LEVEL

RIDER CATEGORY 

FEI REQUIRMENTS 

(to be achieved by horse & rider combination unless stated below)

 

GBR REQUIRMENTS

(to be achieved by horse & rider as a combination OR separately) 

CCI1* - Intro ALL ATHLETES     3 x BE100/ BE100 PLUS/ BE105
CCI2* - Short ALL ATHLETES     2 x Novice
CCI3* - Short A, B, C & D Athletes     1 x CCI2* S/L OR 1 x Intermediate
  Uncategorised Athletes 1 x CCI2* S PLUS 1 x Intermediate
CCI4* - Short A & B Athletes 1 x CCI3* S (Horse only) PLUS 2 x CCI3* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
  C, D & Uncategorised Athletes  2 x CCI3* S PLUS 2 x CCI3* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
  From 1st July 2021 C, D & Uncategorised Athletes 3 x CCI3* S PLUS 2 x CCI3* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
CCI2* - Long ALL ATHLETES     4 x Novice PLUS 1 x Intermediate OR 4 x Novice PLUS 1 x CCI2* S OR 6 x Novice
CCI3* - Long A, B & C Athletes 1 x CCI2* L OR 1 x CCI3* S (Horse only) PLUS 1 x CCI3* S OR 2 x Intermediate
  D Athletes 1 x CCI2* L OR 1 x CCI3* S PLUS 1 x CCI3* S OR 2 x Intermediate
  Uncategorised Athletes 1 x CCI2* L OR 1 x CCI3* S AND 1 x CCI3* S PLUS 1 x CCI3* S OR 2 x Intermediate 
  From 1st July 2021 Uncategorised Athletes 2 x CCI3* S AND (1 x CCI2* L OR 1 x CCI3* S) PLUS 1 x CCI3* S OR 2 x Intermediate
CCI4* - Long A & B Athletes 1 x CCI3* L (Horse only) PLUS 1 x CCI4* S PLUS (1 x CCI4* S OR 1 x Advanced)
  C, D & Uncategorised Athletes  1 x CCI3* L AND 1 x CCI4* S PLUS 1 x CCI4* S PLUS (1 x CCI4* S OR 1 x Advanced)
  From 1st July 2021 C, D & Uncategorised Athletes 2 x CCI3* L AND 1 x CCI4* S PLUS 1 x CCI4* S PLUS (1 x CCI4* S OR 1 x Advanced)
CCI5* - Long A Athletes with horses having not yet obtained an MER at CCI5* L Competition 1 x CCI4* L PLUS 1 x CCI4* S/L PLUS (1 x CCI4* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
  A Athletes with horses having already obtained an MER at CCI5* L Competition 2 x CCI4* S PLUS 1 x CCI4* S/L PLUS (1 x CCI4* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
  B Athletes 1 x CCI4* L AND 3 x CCI4* S    
  C, D & Uncategorised Athletes 2 x CCI4* L AND 2 x CCI4* S PLUS 1 x CCI4* S/L OR 1 x Advanced
  From 1st July 2021 C, D & Uncategorised Athletes 2 x CCI4* L AND 3 x CCI4* S PLUS 1 x CCI4* S/L OR 1 x Advanced

Contact us

For more information on MERs and qualification please contact the sport team on 02476 698856 or email sport@britisheventing.com.