Welcome to Eventing

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...

  • Olympic Games
  • FEI World Equestrian Games
  • FEI Nations Cup™ Eventing
  • Continental Championships

Latest Department Updates

  • 19 Jan 2017
    Eventing - 2017 Nations Cup Eventing Series - Calendar modification

    The CICO3*NC, CCI1*, CCI1*U25, CIC2* Fontainebleau (FRA) 23-26 March 2017 has been cancelled, including the 1st leg of the 2017 Nations Cup.

    The French Equestrian Federation has applied to transfer the French leg of the Series to Le Pin au Haras 10-13 August 2017. This modification of Nations Cup calendar is subject to the FEI Bureau approval and a decision will be published by the end of next week.

  • 9 Jan 2017
    EVENTING - 2016 World Eventing Athlete Rankings and Zone Rankings

    Final FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings 2016 - Final Rankings

    1. Michael Jung (GER)
    2. Phillip Dutton (USA)
    3. Christopher Burton (AUS)
    4. Andrew Nicholson (NZL)
    5. Boyd MArtin (USA)

    The Eventing Zone Rankings have been updated and are available on the following webpage, click here.

     
    2016 Leaders of the Eventing Zone Rankings:
     
    North Western Europe: Michael Jung (GER)
    South Western Europe: Maxime Livio (FRA)
    Central and eastern Europe, Central Asia:  Yuri Shumskiy (RUS)
    North America: Phillip Dutton(USA)
    Central and South America: Carlos Parro (BRA)
    Africa and Middle East: Heidi Caine (RSA)
    South East Asia and Oceania: Christopher Burton (AUS)
     
    Note: Eventing Zone Rankings are processed once a year and take into account results obtained between 1 January and 31 December 2016.
  • 7 Dec 2016
    Eventing - 2017 FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series
    Calendar of the 2017 Nations Cup Eventing Series:
     
    1. FRA      CICO 3*  Fontainebleau          22-26 March 2017 
    2. ITA       CICO 3*  Montelibretti           22-23 April 2017
    3. POL      CICO 3*  Strzegom                17-21 May 2017
    4. GBR      CICO 3*  Houghton Hall         25-28 May 2017 
    5. IRL       CICO 3*  Tattersalls                31 May - 4 June 2017
    6. AUT      CICO 3*  Wiener Neustadt     30 June - 2 July 2017
    7. USA      CICO3*   The Plains               8-9 July 2017
    8. GER      CICO 3*  Aachen                   19-23 July 2017
    9. BEL       CICO 3*  Waregem                22-24 September 2017 
    10.NED     CCIO 3*  Boekelo                  5-8 October 2017
     
    Note: A minimum of three teams must compete at each Event of the Series in order to validate the competition as a Nations Cup.
    More information is available on the following webpage, click here.
  • 1 Jul 2016
    Categorisation of Athletes 1 July 2016

    The Eventing categorisation of Athletes has been updated on 1 July 2016 and takes into account MERs obtained between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2016.

    The lists of categorised Athletes are available on the following webpage.

     

  • 5 Apr 2016
    Eventing - 2017 FEI European Championships in Strzegom (POL)

    500 days to the FEI European Eventing Championships in Strzegom (POL)!

    The Championships run from 17th-20th August 2017 and Strzegom will be creating a piece of Polish history‎ as the first organiser of senior FEI European Championships in any of the Olympic disciplines.

    More information is available on the following website and tickets go on sale on 17 August 2016 to mark one year to go.

  • 9 Mar 2016
    Eventing - 2016 World Breeding Championships

    The qualification criteria for the 2016 World Breeding Eventing Championships are now available on the following webpage.

     

  • 3 Mar 2016
    Eventing - Reverse qualification

    The information regarding reverse qualifications of horses and athletes is now available directly on the FEI website.

    HORSE:

    Please go to FEI Database / horses https://data.fei.org/Horse/Search.aspx

    You can select your National Federation “Administering NF” and, at the bottom of the page “Reverse qualification”. All horses reverse qualified will be listed.

    ATHLETE:

    Please go to FEI Database / person / Eventing Categories https://data.fei.org/Person/EventingCategories

    You can then select your NF and choose if you wish to see all athletes’ categories or only reverse qualified athletes by selecting “yes” in the “Reverse qualification” drop down menu.

    It is important to bear in mind that the reverse qualifications are updated each time new results are uploaded to the database, we therefore suggest you check the lists regularly.

  • 1 Mar 2016
    FEI Eventing Statistics Report 2005-2015

    The Eventing Statistics Report 2005 – 2015 has been finalized.

    It is available on the Eventing / Risk Management webpage, click here 

     

  • 19 Jan 2016
    Eventing - 2016 Nations Cup Series
    Calendar of the 2016 Nations Cup Eventing Series Calendar:
     
    1. FRA      CICO 3* Fontainebleau          22-25 March 2016 
    2. IRL       CICO 3* Ballindenisk             22-24 April 2016
    3. GBR      CICO 3* Houghton Hall         26-29 May 2016 
    4. POL      CICO 3* Strzegom                24-26 June 2016
    5. USA      CICO3*  The Plains               8-10 July 2016
    5. GER      CICO 3* Aachen                   14-17 July 2016
    6. ITA       CICO 3* Vairano                  16-18 September 2016
    7. BEL       CICO 3* Waregem                22-25 September 2016 
    8. NED      CCIO 3* Boekelo                  6-9 October 2016
     
    Note: Minimum participation, a minimum of three teams must compete at each Event of the Series in order to validate the Event as a Nations Cup.
    More information is available on the following webpage, click here.
  • 13 Jan 2016
    Eventing - 2015 Final Rankings

    Final FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings 2015 - Final Rankings

    1. Michael Jung (GER)
    2. Christopher Burton (AUS)
    3. Tim Price (NZL)
    4. William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
    5. Shane Rose (AUS)

    The Eventing Zone Rankings have been updated and are available on the following webpage, click here.

     
    2015 Leaders of the Eventing Zone Rankings:
     
    North Western Europe: Michael Jung (GER)
    South Western Europe: Stefano Brecciaroli (ITA)
    Central and eastern Europe, Central Asia:  Aleksandr Markov (RUS)
    North America: Phillip Dutton(USA)
    Central and South America: Marcio Carvalho Jorge (BRA)
    Africa and Middle East: Heidi Caine (RSA)
    South East Asia and Oceania: Christopher Burton (AUS)
     
    Note: Eventing Zone Rankings are processed once a year and take into account results obtained between 1 January and 31 December 2015.

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