One day eventing
A one day event is where a horse and rider combination must complete the 3 phases of an event in one day: Dressage, Show Jumping & Cross Country. Although, due to the number of competitors, some competitors may do their dressage one day and the show jumping & cross country the next.
Visit the British Eventing website for more information.
Many of the rules used in BE are the same as in British Dressage. Generally all tack allowed by British Dressage is allowed in BE with the addition of boots, martingales and different types of bits in the show jumping and cross country phases. See BD rules 2016, Section 14 pg 85 onwards.
British Eventing rule book
The rule book for British Eventing can be downloaded. See chapter 7, page 59 -65 for all relevant information on permitted tack.
The following table defines the saddlery that is permitted, not permitted or compulsory at each relevant stage of National Events.
|Riding in exercise areas||Lungeing||Dressage tests||Show jumping & Cross country|
|Bit guard & tongue guard||✔||✔||✘||✔|
|Fly fringe||✔||✔||✘ ***||✘ ***|
|Snaffle bridle/miklem multi-bridle with permitted bit and without bit clips||✔||✔||✔||✔|
|Double bridle||✔||✔||✘ ****||✔|
|Running and Irish martingale||✔||✔||✘||✔|
|Side, running reins and chambons||✘||✔||✘||✘|
|English style saddle||
|Flash, crossed (incl. grackle/Mexican) or dropped noseband only with snaffle bridle||
|Tongue strap and/or tying down the horse's tongue||
|Any other form of martingale or gadget||
|Sheepskin cheek pieces and any other attachment fitted to the cheek pieces that may affect the Horse's vision.||
Ear covers / protective fly hoods are permitted and may provide noise reduction. However, these will be systematically checked by Stewards at the end of the test to ensure that nothing prohibited has been added (i.e. special material) or is covered by the fly hoods. The fly hoods should be discreet should be discreet and should not cover the Horses' eyes.
Compulsory with double bridle
Only permitted if specifically authorised for all Competitors in exceptional climatic conditions by BE Steward
Double bridles are only permitted at Intermediate Novice and above for dressage
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