THE BRITISH SHOWJUMPING LEVELS EXPLAINED

If you’re currently competing in unaffiliated showjumping, and looking to step up to affiliated British Showjumping competition, this handy guide will help explain the different showjumping levels and how the competitions work.

There are four categories within the British Showjumping senior showjumping competitions, they are Club, Category 1, Category 2 and Category 3. For juniors there are Just for Schools, Club and Junior events.

This blog concentrates on the senior Showjumping categories:

British Showjumping Levels Explained: Club

Club level is open to all riders including non-registered riders, and is a great way to get into British Showjumping affiliated competitions.

  • Senior and Junior Club classes are available from 60cm up to 1m.
  • If a rider competes in more than two classes (excluding clear rounds) during an event only the bigger classes will be given the points.
  • League points are awarded as follows – 1st place – 12 points, 2nd – 10 points, 3rd – 8 points, 4th – 6 points, 5th – 4 points, 6th – 3 points. Three points will be awarded to all double clear rounds. The placings will be given on a one in every five starter’s basis.
  • League points can be regained after an event providing the combination are Club Member registered within seven days of the show.
British Showjumping Levels Explained: Category 1

Category 1 has a minimum height of 70cm up to a maximum height of 1.15m. Club classes are permitted to run at Category 1 events which are open to all, and one clear round class is also permitted at a Cat 1 show.

An example of a Category 1 show is*:

Class Height Minimum 1st Place Prize Fund Maximum 1st Place Prize Fund
85cm Amateur Qualifier £25  £40
British Novice first round (90cm) £25 £100
95cm Amateur Qualifier £25 £40
Discovery first round (1.00m) £30 £100
1.05m Amateur Qualifier £35 £50
Newcomers first round (1.10m) £40 £100
National 1.15m Members Cup £50 £100
Opens up to 1.15m Min in keeping with the schedule £100

Open Sections

Open sections are permitted to run alongside a British Novice, Discovery, Newcomers and National 1.15m Members Cup qualifier class for horses which have too many points for the qualifier class. In the event of 30 starters or more, the class would then be split into the qualifier class and the Open section and two sets of prize money would be given.

British Showjumping Levels Explained: Category 2

A Category 2 event has a minimum height of 90cm and a maximum of 1.40m. Club classes are permitted within this category. However, National Amateur classes are not permitted in this category. There is also a maximum prize fund of £3,500 per show day.

An example of a Category 2 show is*:

Class Height Minimum 1st Place Prize Fund Maximum 1st Place Prize Fund
British Novice first round (90cm) £25 £100
Discovery first round (1.00m) £30 £100
Newcomers first round (1.10m) £40 No Maximum Prize money
Foxhunter first round (1.20m) £50 No Maximum Prize money
National B & C £75 No Maximum Prize money
National 1.30m £100 No Maximum Prize money
National 1.40m No Minimum Prize money No Maximum Prize money
Opens up to 1.40m Min. in keeping with the schedule No Maximum Prize money

Open Sections

Open classes are permitted to run alongside a British Novice and Discovery class, at a Category 2 event there must always be two sets of prize money awarded. Open sections are permitted to run alongside a Newcomers (1.10m), National 1.15m Members Cup qualifier and Foxhunter (1.20m) classes for horses which have too many points for the qualifier class. In the event of 30 starter or more, the class would then be split into the qualifier class and the Open section and two sets of prize money would be given. Grade C may be combined with a Foxhunter class.

British Showjumping Levels Explained: Category 3

Category 3 shows have a prize money of £3,501 or more per show day.

An example of a Category 3 show is*:

Class Height Minimum 1st Place Prize Fund Maximum 1st Place Prize Fund
Newcomers first round (1.10m) £100 No Maximum Prize money
Foxhunter first round (1.20m) £100 No Maximum Prize money
National B & C £75 No Maximum Prize money
National 1.30m £100 No Maximum Prize money
National 1.40m No Minimum Prize money No Maximum Prize money
Area Trials £1,000 No Maximum Prize money
National 1.40m £2,000 No Maximum Prize money
Opens 1.15m and above £50 No Maximum Prize money

If a Category 3 show is within a two hour driving time of a Category 2 show, the Category 2 show will be restricted to a maximum height of 1.30m with a maximum 1st prize of £150. Category 2 shows within a two-hour drive time of a County/Agricultural or International Show will be restricted to a maximum height of 1.40m with a maximum first prize of £150.

British Showjumping Levels Explained: BS At Eland Lodge

Eland Lodge run a number of Category 1 events from March to October and two Category 2 events in June.

Riding on a Ticket

If you fancy entering a British Showjumping class at Eland Lodge but are not registered, you can ride on a ‘Day Ticket’ - these cost £5 for one day’s competition. They must be purchased via the British Showjumping Members Online login and entitle a horse and rider combination to compete in a British Showjumping affiliated competitions. Normal class entry fees are still payable. However, no prize money, qualification or placing will be awarded.

*British Showjumping Member Handbook 2021

British Showjumping At Eland Lodge