A step by step guide to get you going BE Affiliated horse trials
Firstly, you need to become a Member of British Eventing. There are various levels of memberships. For Riders, there two key membership types. Full – from £135: perfect If you want to compete an unlimited amount of times in the season and want the best possible chance of getting into the events that you want. Day Pass – £15: ideal for riders who want to have a go at eventing for the first time or who can only compete a few times in a season. A Day Pass Membership, allows the Day Pass Member to go on and purchase either horse or rider Day Passes in order for them to compete.
Secondly, you need to register your horse. A Horse Full Season Ticket from £80; this is a horse membership that runs for an entire year; from January through to December. You will be allocated ballot numbers with a Season Ticket that give you the opportunity to make priority entry into events. A Horse Part Season Ticket – from £49; this is a horse membership that is valid from 1 July and runs until 31 December of that year. A Part Season Ticket can be purchased from 18 May, in order to allow you to make entries in advance for events running from 1 July. You will be allocated ballot numbers with a Part Season Ticket that give you the opportunity to make priority entry into events. Or, Horse Day Pass – from £16. You can compete a horse at BE80(T), BE90, BE100, Novice and Intermediate Novice levels (including Open and Under 18 classes) on a Day Pass. For BE90 level and above you will need to purchase one Pass for the horse and one Pass for the rider to cover you both for one day of competition. Horses can have an unlimited number of Passes in a season, but riders can only have four Passes in a season. Although a horse Day Pass costs £16, you can buy a combined Rider and Horse Day Pass at the same time for a discounted price of £25.
Have you got a membership question? Then please do not hesitate to contact the BE membership team on +442476698856 or alternatively you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
For a full grid of BE Membership types and benefits see HERE
Once you are familiar with the competition levels and rules, have purchased your membership and Horse Season Ticket or Day Pass, have decided how far you wish to travel and feel prepared to enter your first event, follow this step-by-step guide on making an entry:
STEP 1 – Check the Event Schedule on the BE website or in British Eventing Life magazine to read information such as a course description, entries opening dates, competition levels and location.
STEP 2 – Make a note of the dates, including when entries open, which can be up to six weeks before a competition. The earlier you enter, the better, but make sure you get your entry in before the ballot date!
STEP 3 – There are two online entry systems. On the BE Fixtures and Results page, you will simply have to click ‘ENTER THIS EVENT’ on the event schedule page, sign into your BE account, pick a class and fill out the details required. Or, via the BDWP entry processing website.
You can also enter by post using our Entry Form.
Dressage – A BE90 level test, which includes walk, trot and canter, and may have some basic moves such as 15m or 20m circles, half-circles and three-loop serpentines.
Show jumping – Between seven and 10 fences at 80cm high, including one double and at least three spread fences. A maximum of two fences can also be set to 85cm high.
Cross country – Up to 25 jumping efforts at a maximum height of 80cm, which may have a run in and out of water and straightforward combination fences.
WHO CAN COMPETE IN A BE80(T) CLASS? If you are not yet a member of BE you can simply purchase a Day Pass, Supporter or Full Membership, which will allow you to buy a Horse Day Pass to compete for one day (or Horse Season Ticket if you are a Full Member). Riders who have completed an Advanced, 3*, 4* or 5* competition in the current or two immediately previous seasons may only compete hors concours (HC). Horses must be Grade 4 (never have won BE Points at Novice level and above). Full details are in the BE Rules and Members’ Handbook.
Take a look at our Event Diary 2019 to follow what’s on and view all the scheduled details for each event.
BALLOT – Popular events will be oversubscribed and will need to ballot entries. Each horse on a Full or Half Season ticket will be allocated ballot numbers to use for priority entries. Read more about balloting HERE.
WITHDRAWING – If you enter but subsequently need to withdraw and it is done before the ballot date, you will receive a full refund (the full refund policy can be found in the BE Members’ Handbook).
WAITLIST – Some over-subscribed events will set up a waitlist, details of which can be found on the event’s schedule page of the BE website.
ABANDONMENT PREMIUM – This is the insurance premium competitors pay to secure a refund if the event is abandoned for reasons covered under the abandonment insurance.
START FEE – This is the fee riders will need to pay at the event when picking up numbers from the secretary’s tent.