Introduction to Area Teams & individuals Competitions
On this page you can find information about the Area competitions.
Our riding club offers every member the chance to enter and compete at what ever level.
BRC team competitions are a fantastic way to compete with friends and to represent the OBHRC, having fun along the way! This also offers the amateur riders a chance to qualify for National Championships throughout the year.
Area 6 qualifying competitions & championships held each year.
Dressage offers classes at intro, Prelim, Novice, Elementary, Medium, Advanced Medium including pairs & riders tests at prelim & novice.
The Summer qualifiers are in June or July and Winter qualifiers in October, November or December both have separate Championships.
Summer Championships are in early September at Lincoln Showground & the Winter Championships are in the spring of following year at a different venue.
Dressage to music classes from Intro – Advanced Medium, pairs & costume.
DTM Championships are held at Bury Farm, Slapton, Bedfordshire in the Autumn.
Show Jumping: Starting with classes from 70cm up to 110cm.
New BRC rules for 2020 allows riders to compete in one or two classes at two different height except for those riders competing in the 70 cm level.
Style Jumping: Teams consist of 2 riders jumping at 75cms & 2 at 85cms. Individuals may choose which height they want to jump.
Course of 8 to 12 obstacles including a double.
Riders jump one round and are judged on the style of their riding on the flat and presentation to the fences, balance, rhythm, forwardness & the approach, take off, landing.
There is a winter qualifier in March for the April Championships at UK Arena, Grantham.
Summer qualifiers are in June / July with the National Championships at Lincoln.
Combined Training is a separate competition which is normally held in March / April.
This a dressage test & one round of show jumps
Teams: two members ride a prelim test & jump a course at 75cm and two members ride a novice test & jump at 85cm.
Championships are at Aston-le-Walls in May each year.
FOTH Challenge ( Festival of the horse competition )
This competition is designed to be a test of a horse and rider’s ability to negotiate a show jumping course together with a cross country course. The challenge consists of 7 – 10 show jumps, followed by 15 – 25 cross-country efforts.
There are three challenge classes for both individuals & teams: 80cm, 90cm, 100cm.
Horse Trials: Classes range from 80cm – 100+ . There is only one qualifier per year with the Horse Trials Championships at Swalcliffe, Banbury in August 2020.
Arena Eventing: Classes: 70cm, 80cm, 90cm, 100cm.
This takes place at Cherwell Competition Centre, Oxford each year in September.
Course consists of 6 -10 show jumps, followed by 6 – 10 XC style fences with a water splash included & final fence is a Joker show jump. There is a timed section in the course.
Area Entry fees
Members are required to pay for their own entry fees at least a week before the closing date of pre- entries per competition (28 days before the competition)
This must be paid to the OBHRC Club’s bank account in order for the club to pay the total amount to the organisers.
Sadly no entry can processed until the member has paid they entry fee.
Entry fees can cost between £15 - £20 for dressage, £25 for show jumping, Arena eventing is £29 & Horse trials at £70.
The Club then pays the Pre- entry fee per rider on top the entry fees which range between £10 - £20.
OBHRC Bank details for payments: Sort Code: 30-92-77 Account Number: 01474131
A/c: Old Berkeley Hunt RC.
Area 6 is part of the BRC London & South East group of three other areas: Area10, 11 & 13.
There are qualifying classes for Dressage, Show Jumping & Horse Trials at some of the Area 6 qualifying competitions with a separate Championship held every year in October.
The DTM L&SE championships takes place at Sands Equestrian Centre, Wareham, Sussex in late October.
Helpers at each Area competition.
The Riding Club who are organising the event will always ask each club to nominate at least one person per 4 riders to help for half a day at the event. If we are unable to provide a non riding helpers then riders will be expected to do a job either before or after their have competed.
OBHRC Team Manager.
Nicky Waters is our excellent and very experienced Area team manager, she is the person members need to contact if they want to compete in any of the Area qualifying competitions. firstname.lastname@example.org or mob: 07879556060
Nicky does all the entries for everyone who want to represent the club and compete in any of the Area 6 competitions, this is a massive undertaking which includes filling in all the team & individual entry forms & the paperwork needed in the last few days leading up to the event, emailing the information to the event secretary on time.
Then making sure every OBH competitor receives their times well before the event date.
BRC & the organisers of the Competitions require certain information.
Nicky requires the following information:
Horses or ponies competition name, passport numbers, current dressage BD points, BS winnings, BE points.
For Championships entry forms will need a photo copy of passport details and recent flu vaccination boosters.
To compete at Area and Championship competitions every horse / pony has to hold a current up to date flu vaccination certificate. If any of the boosters are out of date riders will be disqualified from competing & their scores or rounds will not be counted.
Very important to makes sure all flu injection dates are correct on your horse’s passport.
Horse / Pony Passports are always checked at both Area and Championships.
Area competitions: Passports must be given in at the Secretary’s tent / office before you compete. The flu certificates will then be checked & you must make sure you remember to collect the passport before leaving.
Protective Headwear & new aqua hat tags
Protective headwear must be worn at all times when mounted at any BRC event whether competing or not. Harnesses must be correctly adjusted and fastened at all times. At all BRC qualifiers and championships ‘ Protective headwear ’ must be checked by an official to make sure that it is labelled with one of the accepted standards and marked with a visible aqua hat tag with either BRC, PC or BE logos.
Failure to do so will incur elimination.
See page 30 of the BRC rule book which shows list of the correct Hat standards.
For XC only a Jockey Skull hat must be worn. This is an even round or elliptical shape with a smooth or slightly abrasive surface, having no peak or peak type extensions may be worn for any XC phase. Noticeable protuberance above the eyes or to the front, not greater than 5mm, smooth and rounded in nature are permitted. It must also comply with the protective Headwear criteria and be tagged as set above. A removable hat cover with a light flexible peak may be used.
Protective Headwear can be checked and tagged with the aqua tag at any Area 6 Competition.
Body Protectors rules
A body protector is obligatory in all cross country competitions and is strongly recommended in show jumping competitions. A BETA level 3 displaying EITHER a Purple 2009 Label OR Blue 2018 Label must be worn in competitions where a body protector is obligatory. The only exception to this requirement is that the EXO Body cages will continue to be accepted, providing they have a BETA level 3 Purple 2000 Label. Riders wearing EXO Body Cage protectors must inform the secretary at all events. Body protectors should be fitted and worn as per manufacturer’s instructions. The up to date BETA list of body protectors can be obtained from www.beta-uk.org
If a rider choose to wear an airbag style body protector it must be worn over a permitted BETA Level 3 body protector and if activated, must be deflated or removed before continuing for cross country. Hybrid Air-jackets and air jackets incorporated into a blouson style jacket are permitted.
Must be worn for any type of cross-country competition including Arena Eventing. These must be worn on the arm only and filled in correctly with the relevant competitor’s details.
www.britishridingclubs.org.uk - BRC Members Handbook
Includes rules for all disciplines and eligibilities for both horse and rider in all levels.
BRC Championship dates & venues for 2020
*Arena Eventing Championships 13th – 15th March
Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, Northampton, NN11 6RT
*Novice Winter Championships 4th – 5th April.
HorseHage & Mollichaff Intermediate Winter Championships 24 – 26 April
Bury farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton, Bucks, LU7 9BT
*Arena UK, Allington Lane, Allington, Grantham, NG32 2EF
FOTH & Combined Training Championships 30th – 31st May
Washbrook Farm, Aston-le-Walls, Daventry, NN11 6RT
*Horse Trials Championships 7th – 9th August
Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Grange Farm, Swalcliffe, Banbury, Oxon, OX15 5EX
*National Championships 5th – 6th September
Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, LN2 2NA
* Dressage to Music & Quadrille TBC Bury Farm Equestrian Centre, Slapton.