Arena Eventing Series - Frequently Asked Questions

We've answered some of the frequently asked questions about the Equilibrium National Arena Eventing Series below. If you have a question that's not been answered below, please contact us at and we will be happy to help.

How do I qualify?
To qualify, you need to place 1st, 2nd or 3rd at any of the qualifying events. You can find a full list of qualifying events here. Please note this list is updated throughout the year, so keep checking back for new qualifiers.

We’re always looking for new qualifying venues – if there’s a great event near you that you think would be the perfect place to qualify, please let us know!

How do I run a qualifying event?
We’re always happy to welcome new qualifying venues and events. For further information about this please take a look at our “Host a Qualifier” page.

Can anyone enter the Arena Eventing Championships?
As this is a National Championship, this competition is only open to people who have qualified at one of the qualifying events run around the country throughout the year.

How do I know if I qualified for the Arena Eventing Championships?
If you achieved placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd at a qualifying venue, you should have received a qualifier rosette and card. If you are unsure, please contact the qualifying venue.

How do I find out which class I qualified for?
If you’ve got your qualification card but you’re not sure which class you’ve qualified for, please email

Where do I enter the Championships?
Please enter on Horse Monkey here

Which class is running on which day?
Saturday 8th March 2025 will see a 50cm, 60cm and 70cm class.
Sunday 9th March 2025 will host a 80cm, 90cm and 1m class.

Can I compete in a different class than the one I qualified for?
You must compete in the class you have qualified for, you may not move up or down a class.

Can I substitute a horse or rider at the Championships?
Horse & rider have qualified as a combination, neither horse nor rider may be changed, so both elements of combination competing must be the same combination that qualified.

What types of jumps will the Finals course involve?
The Eland Lodge Arena Eventing Championships course is an up to height, technical course including solid fences, rustic fences and show jumps with fillers.

The technicality of the course is appropriate to the height being jumped. All classes include steps and water, and the 90cm and 1m classes feature a ditch.

What is the optimum time?
The optimum time will be displayed in the Secretary's Box on the day of the competition.

The closest combination to the optimum time with the least faults wins.

The optimum time starts when the Cross Country part of the course starts.

I've entered the finals, do I get a timeslot?
Each competitor gets given a start time, and it is the competitors responsibility to present at the warm up in plenty of time. Times are released on the Thursday prior to the final.

What are the rules on tack/safety equipment?

You must wear a correctly fitted peakless hat that conforms current BE safety standards
You must wear a correctly fitted body protector that conforms to current BE safety standards (BETA Level 3 2018 label).
You may wear a correctly fitted air jacket, however this must be over an approved body protector.
You are not permitted to wear a Go Pro/recording device on any part of you or your horses body during the competition.

You will also need a number bib. These can purchased here with free click and collect so you can collect on the day of the event.

What is the vaccination policy?
Please see our vaccination policy here.

Is there any stabling available for the Finals?
There is stabling available on-site at Eland Lodge, which can be booked here.

Can I bring an equine companion?
Equine companions are welcome at Eland Lodge for this event, providing they comply with our Vaccination Policy. Stabling must be booked for each horse.

Are there any local hotels or B&Bs?
Please find a list of some accomodation near Eland Lodge here.

Can I bring spectators?
Spectators are welcome, bring as many supporters as you like! There is a hot food stand, shopping, and a sale tent.

Well behaved dogs are also welcome on site, but they must be on a lead at all times, and you must clear up after them.