Posted on 11th June 2021

Prize pot growing for Novice Masters

British Eventing’s exciting new series gets underway next month at Barbury (9-11 July) with some great prizes on offer.

The Novice Masters will run at Intermediate Novice level and is designed to provide an achievable new goal for riders at that level. As well as riding a bespoke dressage test designed especially for this class, in an international sized 20m x 60m arena with two dressage judges, Novice Masters competitors can also choose to ride their test in a Tailcoat, adding to the special feel of this occasion.

The dates for 2021 are:

Barbury, Wilts 9-11 July

Childeric Saddles Little Downham, Cambs 7-8 August

Allerton Park, North Yorkshire 18-20 September

Weston Park, Shropshire 9-10 October

Thanks to the generosity of Horsequest, the EHOA and a number of other supporters, we are able to offer the following prizes for this exciting new series at each of the four venues…

Novice Masters 2021, prizes so far:

  • Enhanced prize money and winner’s rug, sash and jacket provided by Horsequest
  • Silver salver or glassware from first to fourth supported by the EHOA
  • £50 prize money and EHOA rosette to highest placed EHOA member
  • Cross country video from Eventful Life for the winner and closest to the optimum time, plus video discounts for second to sixth
  • Le Mieux prize for most improved after dressage
  • BettaLife product for the Best Dressage and Best Veteran Horse over 16yrs

Who is eligible for the Novice Masters?

There are no restrictions on grade of horse but combinations must be eligible to compete at Intermediate Novice level. In order to create an opportunity specifically for adult riders in the middle tier of membership, the following exclusions will apply: ​ 

  • Top 150 BE riders as of the previous two calendar years are ineligible. 
  • Riders who have completed a 5* in the past 10 years or finished in the top 25% of a 4* in the past 5 years are ineligible. 
  • Riders must be in their 18th year of birth or above.

How do I qualify?

We will be contacting those riders who qualify for this new competition shortly but, in the meantime, you will be able to enter if you meet the following criteria…

At any Novice, CCI2*-S or CCI2*-L class within the qualifying period (2020 season and up to ballot date of Novice Masters class in 2021), achieving either:

  • One (1) finishing result in top 25% of Dressage Starters in each Section or Class
  • Two (2) Double Clears 

*Excludes results from ONu18, PON, PT, CCIP* and CCI2* Reserved for Ponies.

If you have any questions about qualification, please contact