The Olympic sport of Eventing is the most complete combined competition discipline recognised by the FEI. Sometimes described as an equestrian triathlon, Eventing demands considerable experience in all branches of equitation.
Eventing originated as a military competition which tested officers and horses in challenges that could occur on or off duty. It also provided a basis to compare training standards between the cavalries of different countries. The modern competition comprises dressage, cross-country and jumping on consecutive days. The competitor rides the same horse throughout the three phases.
Cross-country is the highlight, testing the speed, stamina and jumping ability of the horse, as well as the rider’s knowledge of pace and the use of his horse. The course will have between 25 and 45 specially constructed jumps over solid obstacles such as logs, woodpiles and stone walls, with water and ditches increasing the technical difficulty.
Eventing has a huge following with crowds of up to 250,000 recorded at the British spring feature at Badminton. In 1976 the Princess Royal was a member of the British Olympic team, and her daughter, Zara Phillips, is also an accomplished Event rider. Meanwhile New Zealand’s Mark Todd wrote a 112-page biography of his horse Charisma, with whom he twice won the Olympic Eventing title.
A demonstration of Olympic spirit and determination at the 1960 Olympic Games in Rome, where the first three Australians were well ahead of the field when one of their horses went lame, saw their fourth rider, 45-year-old Bill Roycroft, who had broken his collarbone in the cross-country, leave his hospital bed, to go clear in the Jumping and secure team gold for Australia.
Eventing demands of the competitor considerable experience in all branches of equitation and a precise knowledge of the horse’s ability and of the horse a degree of competence resulting from intelligent and rational training. It covers all round riding ability and horsemanship: the harmony between horse and rider that characterise Dressage; the contact with nature, precise knowledge of the horses ability and extensive experience essential for the Cross Country; the precision, agility and technique involved in Jumping.
Eventing is one of the three disciplines in competition at the Olympic Games, the other two being Jumping and Dressage.
Modern competitions consist of three distinct tests: Dressage, Cross-Country and Jumping. They take place on separate consecutive days during which a competitor rides the same horse throughout.
1. Dressage Test After an opening Horse Inspection, a Dressage test is performed, the object of which is the harmonious development of the physique and ability of the horse. The test consists of a series of compulsory movements at walk, trot and canter gaits, within a rectangular arena 60 m. long and 20 m. wide. To perform a good Dressage test, the horse needs to be flexible and fluid. To keep the strong Eventing horses under the firm control required by the exacting Dressage movements involves great knowledge and understanding. A good Dressage test lays the foundation for the rest of the competition and horses that are found wanting in this phase face an uphill struggle to get up amongst the prize-winners.
2. Cross-Country Test The focus of the entire event is on the Cross-Country test, the objective of which is to test the ability of athletes and horses to adpat to different and variable conditions (weather, terrain, obstacles, footing etc...) and jumping ability of the horse, while at the same time demonstrating the rider’s knowledge of pace and the use of his horse. Exceeding the time allowed and refusals result in penalties. All penalties are added together and recorded for inclusion in the final classification. Fall of a horse and/or of a rider entails immediate elimination.
3. Jumping Test The Jumping test takes place on the last day after a second Horse Inspection. Riders may voluntarily retire their horses if they seem unfit to continue. This test is run in reverse order of merit and its main objective is to prove that the horses have retained their suppleness, energy and obedience in order to jump a course of 11 to 15 obstacles.
The winning individual is the competitor with the lowest total of penalty points. The winning team is the one with the lowest total of penalty points, after adding together the final scores of the three highest placed competitors in the team.
The Premier Eventing Competitions are...
FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2023
The Board approved the allocation of a leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2023 to Bromont (CAN) to be held from 11 to 13 August 2023.
We would like to share with you the following updates:
The implementation of Frangible Devices has grown rapidly in the last few years and the latest standard (Version 2.(5), March 2020) which includes the fitting of “Yellow Clips” for Table and Corner fences are now being seen regularly at events, (250 table kits rolling out in the USA at present).
Serious injury to Horses and Riders has reduced with 2022 recording the lowest rotational fall rate since recordings began.
Like all safety devices, the FEI approved frangible devices MUST be fitted correctly to the manufacturer’s instructions which have been extensively tested. This ensures that the devices break with the correct energy- not too light or hard.
To help all FEI Officials and Course Builders, MIM have developed “One Page correct fitting checks” that can easily be used pre-event when building and/or on first inspection of the course, to ensure the most important measurements in fitting MIM devices have been implemented, so they break correctly.
• MIM ONE PAGE CORRECT FITTING CHECKS are available to print out from the FEI website (Eventing / Risk Management / Deformable & Frangible Devices). These check lists have also been added in the updated Cross Country Guide for Officials (Updated on 09.03.2023) available on the website (Eventing / Rules) and in the FEI Rule App as well as on the Officials Facebook page.
They are available for the following kits:
TD’s, CD’s and GJ should use these check lists during course inspections and check that the Course Builders have fitted the Frangible devices to the correct measurements. Any frangible device not fitted according to the “MIM One page correct fitting checks” should be altered by the Course Builder / Course Designer.
• MIM UPDATED INSTRUCTION MANUALS:
The instructions for the following kits have been updated.
One change includes the use of the eye bolt tension system for both RED and YELLOW clip construction that has been tested in the UK for some time.
In addition, as the WEIGHT of the timber used is important to ensure MIM devices activate with the correct activation energy, MIM have updated all their instructions REMOVING some of the timber dimensions and making the WEIGHT RANGES clearer. We hope this will allow Course Designers / Course Builders to use more natural timbers including for Table type fences which can be built to look like filled in Oxers.
The following instruction manuals have been updated:
• Oxer kit – 80329
• Post & Rail Kit – 80321
• Post & Rail Adjustable Kit – 80325
• Post & Rail Narrow Kit – 80322
• Gate & Wall Kit – 80324
• Older Gate and Wall Kit - 00324
• Table Kit – 80320
• Older Table Kit Update – 00320
• Corner Kit – 80326
• INSTRUCTIONS FOR WEIGHING MIM FENCES:
Full instructions are published on the FEI website: Eventing / Risk Management / Deformable & Frangible Devices
The Risk Management Steering Group and MIM are keen to see the use of more different types, including natural and not machined timbers, in the building of frangible fences in the future. As the frangible devices are more widely adopted, this will allow Course Designers and Course Builders to use many different material options.
The WEIGHT of the timber used is important to ensure MIM devices work correctly. MIM have therefore updated all their instructions REMOVING some of the timber dimensions and making the WEIGHT RANGES clearer. We hope this will allow Course Designers and Course Builders to use more natural timbers including for Table fence types which could be built to look like filled in Oxers.
• WEIGHING A RAIL OR TABLE FENCE
The weighing can be done once, at the time of manufacture. A scale hanging from the front of a tractor is all that is needed.
A hanging scale can be bought (for under $100).
• MIM WEIGHT PLATE:
MIM have developed a “Weight plate” to be fixed on all newly built fences fitted with MIM frangible devices. The plates can be ordered, free of charge, from MIM (https://mimclip.mimsafe.com/shop/)
• All new MIM kits will have the plate included
• Weighing the fence when it is newly built and the timber is likely to be the heaviest is acceptable whether the fence is WET or DRY
• The plate can be fitted to the end of a rail or an upright
• It must be filled in by the Course Designer or Course Builder with a permanent marker so all Officials can see the fence / rail fits the correct weight
• All NEW fences must be built to the correct weight as from April 2023
• Any existing fences weighing outside the weights indicated in the instruction manual must be changed as soon as practical and should not be used by 1 January 2025
• QUESTIONS / ASSISTANCE:
Any questions about correct fitting of frangible devices are to be addressed to:
Note: please be mindful of time zones if using their mobile numbers - They are available and happy to answer.
A list of Frangible Device Advisors is also available in the MIM FAQs document.
All information relating to Frangible Devices is available on the FEI website under Eventing / Risk Management / Frangible Devices
FAQ JUDING FENCES WITH FRANGIBLE TECHNOLOGY
In addition, the “FAQ Judging fences with Frangible technology” has also been updated to provide a clarification when a combination has a refusal and breaks a frangible device. Please refer to the document published under Eventing / Rules (also available in the FEI Rule App).
CROSS COUNTRY GUIDE FOR OFFICIALS (Updated 09.03.2023)
Please take note of the following amendments:
Frangible Deformable Devices (pages 20-21-22-23-24-25)
• Recommendation that all new table type fences are made frangible
• Addition of the forces at which fences fall/break
• Addition of the MIM One Page correct fitting checks
• Reference to the “Instructions for weighing MIM fences”
Dimensions – Table type fences (page 29)
• Table type fences: it is highly recommended that all new table type fences are made frangible
The Cross Country Guide for Officials is the indispensable reference document. We encourage you to regularly consult it, as it is frequently updated.
Available on the FEI website (Eventing / Rules) and in the FEI Rule App.
2023 EVENTING REPORTS
The following 2023 Eventing reports have been updated and are available on the FEI website (Officials / Eventing / Eventing Forms):
• Eventing Reports - TD Report, Judge Report, Chief Steward Report, Athlete Report, Fall Report, etc.
• Fence Description (and Instructions for filling in Fence Description Form): An additional column “fence removed” has been added to record any fence removed before or during XC test
• Fence Analysis: when a fence is removed either before or during the XC, please indicate for “obstacles removed – not jumped” (ORNJ) to identify combinations
Should you have any questions, comments or need additional information, don’t hesitate to contact us (Nathalie.email@example.com).
The new 2023 Eventing Officials Education System was published on 26 August 2022 for implementation on 1 January 2023. The development and review of the Education concept involved a large number of working groups and as for all major transitions, the ramifications are complex. The new Education system for Eventing Officials will be closely monitored during the first years, to understand its impact on the sport and if improvements are needed.
The Eventing Committee and the dedicated Working Group agreed to share the considerations which lead to the development of the updated Education system for Eventing Officials, for transparency and easier comprehension.
2. Transition period
A Transition year has been integrated in the overall system to ensure a successful introduction until 14 December 2023: it applies specifically to the two new levels: Level 1 (L1) and Level 4 (L4) Officials.
3. Clarifications on Officials Roles & Levels at Events:
Further to the many questions received, we wish to clarify the following points:
3.1 New Level 1:
3.2 New Level 4:
The number of Games, Championships and 5* events in the discipline of Eventing requiring Level 4 Officials is limited. This level of events represent 1% of the total number of Eventing events organised per year. Only the President of Ground Jury, Technical Delegate, Course Designer and Chief Steward are required to hold a L4 status.
4. Requirement as of 01 January 2024:
5. Additional Information
For additional information, please refer to Eventing Education webinar replay and the Q&A document.
All Officials or NF Officials Education Responsible can contact the Eventing Department firstname.lastname@example.org if any further questions or clarifications are needed.
The FEI Eventing Forum and NSO Seminar held in Haras de Jardy (FRA), 20-22 January 2023 is available to watch on replay on the dedicated FEI Eventing Risk Management webpage. You will also find all the presentations and annexes. The report highlighting the key discussions will be available as soon as possible.
As 2022 draws to a close, we are pleased to bring to your attention the latest information on preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The attached document contains detailed updates on:
- Paris 2024 Equestrian Delivery Entity: Appointment of GL Events Equestrian Sport
- Jumping Co-Course Designers for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
- Eventing Course Designer Pierre Le Goupil Paris 2024
- Competition schedule for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
- Eventing Horse Inspection
FEI RULES AND REGULATIONS
- Paris 2024 Olympic Games
- Paris 2024 Paralympic Games
QUALIFICATION OF NATIONS
- Qualification systems for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
- FEI Olympic Group Qualification Events (Jumping, Dressage, Eventing)
- Paris 2024 Paralympic Games - Para Dressage Qualification System
PARIS 2024 VENUE TESTING ACTIVITIES
Accreditation FOR HORSE OWNERS
We hope you find this information useful and take the opportunity to wish a very Happy and Merry Holiday Season!
Please be informed that, in order to line up the FEI Eventing Rules with the Eventing Officials Education System and the introduction of two additional Officials categories, the FEI Board has approved the following update to the FEI Eventing Rules:
511. 1 Eventing Stewards specifics
All FEI listed Judges and Technical Delegates will automatically be listed as
Level 1 FEI Stewards.
512 Requirements for Maintenance of Status
Officials not fulfilling the Eventing Official Education system requirements will be transferred down or dropped from the Eventing Officials list.
at the discretion of the Eventing Committee.
513 Appointment of Officials
Short Format (CCIs-S andCCIOs-S)
Long Format (CCIs-L and CCIOs-L)
513.5 Championships & Games
Given that this is an Emergency Board Resolution, National Federations have until 13 January 2023 to signify their disapproval by sending an email to Francisco P. Lima, Director Governance & Institutional Affairs.
The updated FEI Eventing Rules, which come into effect on 1 January 2023, are now available here.
The FEI Board held its monthly teleconference on 6 December. The main resolutions related to Eventing taken on this occasion are listed below.
ALLOCATION OF FEI NAMED SERIES, EVENTS AND FINALS
FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2023
The Board approved the allocation of the following legs for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup™ 2023:
Montelibretti (ITA) CCIO4*-S, 9-12 March 2023
Chatsworth (GBR) CCIO4*-S, 12-14 May 2023
Millstreet (IRL) CCIO4*-S, 1-4 June 2023**
Strzegom (POL) CCIO4*-S, 22-25 June 2023
Haras de Jardy (FRA) CCIO4*-S, 13-16 July 2023
Avenches (SUI) CCIO4*-S, 20-23 July 2023
Arville (BEL) CCIO4*-S, 17-20 August 2023
Boekelo (NED) CCIO4*-L, 5-8 October 2023
** Subject to receiving the signed Host Agreement.
FEI Olympic Group Qualification Event – Eventing – Groups F&G
The Board allocated the FEI Olympic Qualification Event for Groups F (Africa and Middle East) and G (South East Asia, Oceania) for Eventing to Millstreet (IRL), 1-4 June 2023.
Paris 2024 OLYMPIC GAMES
Appointment of the Jumping Course Designer
The Board approved the joint appointment of Santiago Varela (ESP) and Gregory Bodo (FRA) as Co-Course Designers for the Jumping and Eventing Jumping Competitions of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Additional details on this appointment will be published in a dedicated press release here.
Eventing Horse Inspection
In line with article 20.1 viii of the FEI Statutes, the Board agreed with the request made by the Paris 2024 Organising Committee not to open the Eventing Horse Inspection to spectators during the Olympic Games. The decision was made for cost saving reasons and in an effort to alleviate organisational complexity. Alternative solutions to make the Horse Inspections visible to the public are being considered.
The following documents have been updated. It is VERY IMPORTANT that the latest update of the rules and guidelines are used.
MIM Corner kit (80236) and Post & Rail Narrow Kit – (80322)
The instruction manuals and videos have been updated to show more clearly how to support the released rail when it drops down to a support.
In addition, the animated instruction manuals for the Oxer, Post & Rail, Post & Rail Adjustable, Post & Rail Narrow, Wall and Table kits have also been updated.
Please refer to the FEI website, Eventing / Risk Management / Deformable & Frangible Devices to view or download the instructions.
CROSS COUNTRY GUIDE FOR OFFICIALS:
Available on the website under Eventing / Rules
Two updates have been made on the following:
We are pleased to inform you that the FEI Secretary General has approved the FEI Calendar for 2023 for all disciplines. It can be consulted online in the FEI Database.
In accordance with the FEI General Regulations, Article 112 Official Calendar, National Federations (NFs) had until 1 October 2022 at the latest to send in applications and modifications to CIs taking place in 2023 to the Secretary General. The Secretary General approves the official Calendar for the following year.
Approval of the 5* Jumping Calendar for 2024 is scheduled for late November/early December 2022 but could be postponed should the FEI General Assembly in Cape Town (RSA) approve FEI’s proposal to change the deadline for receipt of applications for 5* to 1 May (the year before the Event takes place).
In addition, the Secretary General has extended the measure taken on 28 February 2022 to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus from the FEI Calendar. As a consequence, no FEI events will be accepted/entered in either country in the FEI Calendar for 2023.
The other measures approved by the FEI Executive Board in February remain in place, as follows:
Detailed information on the decision taken by the FEI Executive Board on 28 February is available here.
The Secretary General has also confirmed that the FEI Board’s Emergency Board Resolution of 2 March 2022 prohibiting all Russian and Belarusian Athletes, Horses and Officials from participating in FEI Events remains in place until further notice.
Should you have any questions, please send an email to email@example.com.
Please kindly note that a replay of the Webinar held on 12 October on the FEI Eventing Officials Education System is now available on the Education System page, as well as a Questions and Answers document.
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