On this page you can find information about the Area 6 competitions & the London & South East qualifiers.
Our riding club offers every member the chance to enter and compete at what ever level they feel confident at.
BRC Area competitions are a fantastic way to compete with friends & other members to represent OBHRC & have fun along the way. This also offers the amateur riders a chance to qualify for national & grassroots Championships throughout the year.
Our club is affiliated to the British Riding Club, which means that riders who join
Affiliated Clubs can compete in competitions that are restricted to members of BRC
The United Kingdom is divided up into 23 Areas including Northern Ireland.
Within each Area there are a number of affiliated clubs, these clubs compete against each other in various discipline competitions throughout the year.
OBHRC is in Area 6 which has 14 other clubs this covers Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.
All the Area competitions are qualifiers for winter, summer & stand alone Championships.
Members can ride in teams of four or as individuals – representing their club
There are various levels of classes for members, starting at grassroots and building up to experienced.
Area 6 qualifying competitions & championships held each year.
Summer & winter dressage qualifiers offers classes at intro, Prelim, Novice, Elementary, Medium, Advanced Medium including Pairs.
The Summer qualifiers are in June or July and Winter qualifiers are for Novice & intermediate in October, November or December both have separate Championships.
Summer Championships are in late August or early September at Lincoln Show ground & the Winter Championships are in the spring of following year with Novice at Arena UK and Intermediate at Bury Farm.
Dressage to music classes from intro –advanced medium, pairs & costume
DTM Championships are held in early October.
(Often there are Direct entry non music classes as well – BRC RC members who haven’t qualified for DTM classes – Look at the Championship schedule for details of classes – BRC website - Championship page )
Winter & Summer 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.
Winter SJ qualifier in March.
For those jumping 70 & 80cm qualified riders compete at Novice Championships in late March.
For those jumping 90, 100 & 110cm qualified riders compete at Intermediate Championships in April.
Summer SJ qualifiers are in July with the National Championships at Lincoln.
Combined Training is a separate competition which is now held early spring.
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.
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.
Helpers at each Area competitions.
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.
London & South East Qualifiers & Championships
This is an annual championships for members of BRC affiliated riding clubs in Areas 6, 10, 11 & 13 only.
This was introduced to give the more novice / grassroots level competitors the opportunity to compete together & the L&SE championships offer more teams per Area the chance to qualify than is possible at the national championships.
The Championship for Dressage, Show Jumping, combined training & horse trials is organised by a different Area in rotation.
Up to 5 teams can qualify for the L&SE Championships in each discipline.
The dressage to music championships is for individual riders only & is usually organised by Area 13 at Sands Farm, Warnham, near Horsham.
Horse trials qualifier is part of the Area 6 Horse Trials at Snowball Farm, Burnham in May. Teams of 4 members competing in the 80cm class.
New -Combined Training 70cm team qualifier is held at the Area Horse trials.
Dressage qualifier is part of the Summer Area 6 Competition in June / July with teams of 4 riders all riding Prelim tests.
Dressage to music qualifier runs along side the Area 6 competition at BCA in June.
Classes which are qualifiers: Intro, Prelim, Novice Sec1: No BD points / Sec 2: with BD points. Pas Seul ( Novice music in costume ) Novice Pairs, Pas de Deux ( Pairs in costume) , Elementary, Medium.
All entries need to be made to the British Riding Club & the organising club by the Joint Team Managers Diane Hunt & Sally Mawer.
Schedules will be posted on the EVENTS page of website and members are also notified of upcoming Area competitions by the email. Once a member has decided what event, class level they would like to compete in they contact either Diane or Sally.
All entry fees for the class MUST be paid for by the members before the closing day of competition ( more 21 days before event date)
The club will pay the Pre entry fee to the BRC on behalf of the member this ranges from £10 for SJ & Dressage, £14 for Horse trials & £21 for DTM classes.
The entry fees for Members to pay can range from £18 – dressage, £25- SJ, £70- HT , £20 - DTM.
The club also pays all Championship entry fees to help members compete & represent the OBHRC at the Championships.
All Entry payments to OBHRC Bank Account
Sort code: 30-92-77
A/c: 01474131 Account: OBHRC Ref: depends on event+surname
Information that is needed to make all entries includes:
Horse’s competition name.
Current BD dressage points / BS points / BE points or foundation Pts.
Area competitions: Riders must remember to take their horse’s passport to the Secretaries office to checked before they compete.
Importantly – Remember to collect your passport before you go home.
For the Championship – A photocopy of passport and current flu vaccinations is required for entering the class.
Please contact Team Mangers by mobile, email or facebook message
Diane: mob: 07836608921 / email@example.com
Sally: mob: 07977420904 / firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
Passports are always checked at both Area qualifiers and Championships.
From 1st March 2020, in order to compete a horse must be vaccinated in accordance with these new rules: Every horse / pony MUST have had a vaccination within 6 calendar months and 21 days ( but not in any of the 6 preceeding days ) of the competition and / or entry to competition stables.
In the event of failure to comply with any of the requirements of the Flu vaccination rules, the horse or pony will be disqualified and not permitted to take part in any competition to which these rules apply.
From 1st October 2018, all horses in England( Not just those born since 2009) will have to be micro chipped by. There will be a 2 year grace period to give time to organise getting older horses micro chipped.
From 1st October 2020, it will be an enforced law. After this date all horses attending a BRC qualifiers or championship ( regardless of where they reside) must be micro chipped. IF not they will be disqualified.