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EVENTING RULES

 

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Provincial levels include Starter and Pre-Entry. The intention of these levels is to provide an introduction to eventing for new eventers and young horses. These levels are subject to all rules pertaining to Entry with the following specifications:

Starter:
Intent: Introduce horses and riders to the sport of eventing. Courses should be progressive and inviting
Maximum Height:60 cm
Maximum Height:60 cm
Maximum Width at top: 60 cm

X-Country:

  • Optimum Speed: 300 mpm – Speed window expanded to Entry specifications (speed fault begins at 350mpm)

  • Speed windows apply as per Entry rules

  • Cross country Single jumping efforts only – minimum of 10 strides between fences

  • No drops

  • No mandatory water

  • No obstacles without height

  • Courses are to be simple and inviting with considerate placement of cross country fences (i.e. NOT next to preliminary level fence or difficult terrain). Fences are to be wide and inviting with no fill.

  • Using different shades of colours or clearly differentiated colours is recommended. Avoid optical illusions and also avoid reflective materials / gloss paint / shiny varnishes

  • Approaches to obstacles should be on flat or gentle terrain

  • Landings to be on flat or gentle terrain for several strides after the fence

Show jumping:

  • Maximum Stadium: 300 mpm

  • No oxers - Verticals or cross rails only

  • No combinations (i.e. minimum of 4 strides between fences)

  • Jumps are to be built with rails only – no fill/boxes/flowers/planks etc.

  • A maximum of 30% of the jumps are allowed to be at maximum height.

 

Pre-Entry
Intent: Introduce horses and riders to the sport of eventing. Courses should be progressive and inviting
Maximum Height:75 cm
Maximum Width at top: 75 cm

X-Country:

  • Optimum Speed Cross Country: 325 mpm – Speed window expanded to Entry specifications (speed fault begins at 350mpm)

  • Speed windows apply as per Entry rules

  • Cross country Single jumping efforts only – A minimum of 10 strides between fences with exception. One set of fences a minimum of 6 strides per course (could have a 6 stride numbered separately but only one on course) is permitted. Open area and favourable appearance (simple inviting fences)

  • No drops

  • No mandatory water

  • Obstacles without height must have an option

  • Courses are to be simple and inviting with considerate placement of cross country fences (i.e. NOT next to preliminary level fence or difficult terrain)

  • Using different shades of colours or clearly differentiated colours is recommended. Avoid optical illusions and also avoid reflective materials / gloss paint / shiny varnishes

  • Approaches to obstacles should be on flat or gentle terrain

  • Landings to be on flat or gentle terrain for several strides after the fence

Show jumping:

  • Maximum Speed Stadium: 300 mpm

  • No combinations (i.e. minimum of 4 strides between fences)

  • A maximum of 30% of the jumps are allowed to be at maximum height.


Entry Division: XC: fences maximum height 0.85 m, drops .85m Stadium fences: 0.85m.
Pre-Training (equitable to USEA Novice): XC: fences maximum height 0.91 m ditch 1.50 m drops 1.10 m; Stadium fences: 0.96m
Training: XC: fences maximum height 1.00 m ditch 1.80 m drops 1.40 m; Stadium fences: 1.05 m
Preliminary: XC: fences maximum height 1.10 m ditch 2.80 m drops 1.60 m; Stadium fences: 1.15 m
Intermediate: XC: fences maximum height 1.15 m ditch 3.20 m drops 1.80 m; Stadium fences: 1.20 m
Advanced: XC: fences maximum height 1.20 m ditch 3.60 m drops 2.00 m; Stadium fences: 1.25 m

For official levels – Advanced, Intermediate, Preliminary, Training, Pretraining and Entry – see the Equine Canada and/or FEI Rule Book.

Check the Equine Canada Eventing Site for all up to date rules, regulations and competitor information.

https://www.equestrian.ca/programs-services/rules

 

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