What is Eventing?
Eventing is one of Britain’s most high profile and elite sports – Zara Phillips (World and European Champion) has followed her mother The Princess Royal to win the BBC’s Sports Personality of The Year, she is the latest in a host of “Brits” who have won Olympic, World and European Gold.
Originally Eventing was designed as the complete test of the perfect Army horse, hence the sport’s original name (still used on the Continent) of “the Military”. Dressage is used to show the horse’s  training and charisma with precise movements on the parade ground; Cross Country to demonstrate the obedience at speed, boldness, agility and above all endurance required to fight – and  win a battle. The Show Jumping phase shows the horse can still perform and be a force to reckon with on the next day to lead the troops to complete the “take over” of the losing side. A sport truly steeped in tradition!
Eventing takes part in a host of Britain’s most lovely stately homes and parks, many of them in easy reach of London – Badminton, Blenheim, Burghley etc. Sponsors and owners are welcome and can enjoy fabulous sites and an exciting and fun day out – horse, rider and support crew can all sport their logos and colours.
Our intention is to be a force to reckon with well into the future. We would like to take our owners and sponsors with us and have a happy and successful team for many years to come.
Eventing explained
Equestrian events are held countryside from March to October
Each has three different test:
Dressage – Obedience, accuracy and quality of movement
Cross Country – Courage, agility and stamina
Show Jumping – Agility, stamina and precision
Scores form each test are combined for an overall total.
The 1-day Horse Trials
All tests are usually on the same day and the Cross Country completes the competition, although at the bigger events they have so many entries that various classes run over several days – and occasionally a class will be asked to ride one phase of the event on a previous day to accommodate the maximum number of competitors.
Five levels of National competition:
Three levels of International competition, known as CIC. Rather like the three day events they are spread over several days, dressage on the first, or first two days depending on numbers of entries; then show jumping and finally cross country on the last two days. The major difference between a CIC and a CCI is the length of the cross country – the CCI is longer distance and a true endurance test.
1 star, 2 star, 3 star and the ultimate, 4 star.
The 3-day Event
Four levels of longer format, known as CCIs
Each test (phase) on a different day
Day 1 - Dressage
Day 2 - Cross Country
Day 3 - Showjumping plus other entertainment and awards ceremony