Saturday August 13, 2022
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Eventing is made up of three disciplines, Dressage, Show Jumping and Cross Country; at a One Day Event the disciplines are ridden in this order. The penalty points incurred by a competitor in each of the three phases are added together to give a final score for the whole competition, the competitor with the least points being the winner. A competitor disqualified or eliminated in one phase is eliminated from the whole competition. It is normally the rule that if a rider is eliminated in the show jumping phase they are not allowed to participate in the cross country.

It is highly recommended that you visit download a copy of the current Pony Club Eventing Rules. The Rule Book contains the rules for all Pony Club run Eventing competitions, plus eligibility for the various levels at Area competitions.


To be able to represent the Newmarket & Thurlow Pony Club at ‘Area Competitions’ all competitors entered must be active members and must have genuinely participated at a minimum of three Qualifying Rallies/Coaching/Training Sessions of the N&TPC, or previous Branch or Centre, since 1st July 2021. 

To count for the purposes of this Rule, a Qualifying Rally/Coaching/Training Session must have been organised by the N&TPC Committee, the Area Representative or by the Training Committee and must be a minimum of one hour in length.  It must be open to all Members within the age range or ability level for which it is intended.  It may be mounted or unmounted and must have been advertised at least seven days prior to the date of the event.

Team practices and coaching DO NOT count as Qualifying Rallies/Coaching/Training Sessions.

The combination of horse/pony and the Pony Club Member need to have been instructed by the relevant ‘Discipline/Sport Trainer’ at least once in 2022 to be considered for that team.

Both the horse/pony and the Pony Club Member need to have attained at least 3 rally points since 1st July 2021, with the minimum of 1 being in current year, 2022.

N.B. At least 1 of these points has to be attained by both the horse/pony and the Pony Club  Member attending either Pony Club Camp, or an activity advertised as a ‘Rally.’



Pony Club Camp counts as 1 Rally point per day.

Any number of points can be gained by attending any activity which is advertised as a ‘Rally’ –

1 point each Rally.  This includes the following:

            Gymkhana Rallies – 1 point each Rally.

            Katie Barrett Technical Training Rally – 1 point for each TT Rally.

            Attending any Area 8 Training – 1 Rally Point.

The other two remaining points that are needed can be attained by a combination of the following:

Up to 2 Rally points can be gained by –

Katie Barrett’s ‘GROUP’ XC instruction Rally – 1 point for each XC Rally.

Up to 2 Rally points can be gained by –

John Adams ‘GROUP’ or Individual Show Jumping instruction  – 1 point for each SJ Instruction.

Up to 2 Rally points can be gained by –

Fiona Van Tuyll individual Dressage instruction – 1 point for each Dressage Instruction.

It is vital that you have all complied with these qualifications, otherwise you will not be able to compete and that would be terribly sad for all of us.

N.B. Your DC has discretion in the case of those who are working or in further education.


Calendar of Events – the below list will be regularly updated as competition and training dates become available; also check Area 8 website for updates

XC TRAINING WITH KATIE BARRETT – dates will be shown here as they become known, with booking via the ‘Booking Events’ tag on the N&TPC website.

Friday 8 April – Ely Eventing Centre, Little Downham 
Saturday 16 April – Horseheath, PC course
Saturday 14 May – Ickworth
Friday 3 June – Ickworth

PLEASE NOTE – When agreeing to be part of a Team, members must ensure that they are available to participate at the National and Regional Championships, should the Team secure a qualification. 

  • The National Pony Club Championships are scheduled for 12th – 20th August at Offchurch Bury, Royal Leamington Spa.
  • The Regional Championships are scheduled for 27th – 28th August at Horseheath, Cambridgeshire.

There will be National Pony Club Championship Qualifiers at PC90, Open PC90, PC100 and PC100+ and a Regional Qualifier at PC80.


XC Competition Dates- including EVENTING, ARENA EVENTING and HUNTER TRIAL COMPETITIONS, plus Schooling Days.



            27th   Barrier Animal Health Spring Festival Arena Eventing, Preliminary Round

            Venue: Frenches Farm, nr. Braintree.  Organisers: East Essex PC

            27th – Barrier Animal Health Spring Festival Arena Eventing, Preliminary Round

            Venue: Topthorn Equestrian, nr. Stowmarket.  Organisers: Eastern Harriers PC


            13th – Eastern Harriers ODE

            Venue: Poplar Park, Hollesley.  Organisers: Eastern Harriers PC

            20th – Barrier Animal Health Spring Festival Arena Eventing, Area 8 Qualifier

            Venue: Poplar Park, Hollesley.  Organisers: Eastern Harriers PC

            27th – Barrier Animal Health Spring Festival Arena Evening, Area 8 Qualifier

            Venue: Topthorn Equestrian, nr. Stowmarket.  Organisers: Eastern Harriers PC

            27th – Soham Pony Club Hunter Trial

            Venue: Isleham.  Organisers: Soham PC


            3rd – N&T Mini and Open Hunter Trial & Tetrathlon Ride

            Venue: Horseheath.  Organisers: N&TPC

            8th, 9th, 10th The Barrier Animal Health Spring Festival Championships, Arena Eventing (being held alongside the Dressage and Show Jumping Finals, for full details of    qualification please see ).       

            Venue: Arena UK, Lincolnshire.  Organisers:  The Pony Club Office.

            18th – Cambridgeshire Hunt PC Hunter Trial

            Venue: Trumpington Hall, Cambridge.  Organisers: Cambridgeshire Hunt.


            1st Suffolk Hunt ODE

            Venue: Ickworth Park.  Organisers: SHPC

            8th – Puckeridge Western Hunt Eventer Trial

            Venue: Luffenhall.  Organisers: Puckeridge Hunt Western PC

            15th – Soham Pony Club ODE

            Venue: Isleham.  Organisers: Soham Pony Club


            12th (tbc) – Suffolk Hunt, Hunter Trial

            Venue: Ickworth.  Organisers: Suffolk Hunt.

            25th – QHPC One Day Event

            Venue: nr. Kirby Bellars, Melton Mowbry.  Classes for 45cm/60cm/70cm.  Entries via

            26thCalvert Cup.  One Day Event (PC80, PC90 & PC100) for Teams and individuals.  Teams to consist of four members, one member each from 80, 90 & 100 plus one from any           height, with best three to count towards the Team score

            Venue: Luffenhall, Stevenage, Herts.  Organisers: Puckeridge Hunt Western.


            16th– Area 8 Eventing, PC90, PC100 & PC100+

            Venue: Ickworth Park.  Organisers: Suffolk Hunt PC.

            17th – Area 8 Grassroots Eventing, PC80cm

            Venue: Ickworth Park.  Organisers: Suffolk Hunt PC.

            23rd  Area 8 Eventing 110cm

            Venue: Isleham.  Organisers: British Eventing.

Isleham have kindly said the ON at this BE event can be used as a qualifier for the National PC 110 Eventing Championships being held at Wellington, 26-28 August.  If you are entering this class please state on your entry that you are a N&T PC Member, and also let Pauline Stoddart know that you have entered.


            7th The Gosling Cup.  This competition began in 1945 and was the brainchild of Mrs. Gosling, the then DC of the East Essex Hunt Pony Club, for her own branch and for teams from four adjacent branches.  It now involves up to 24 teams of invited   Pony Club Branches in Essex, Suffolk, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The competition is hosted by a different Branch each year. There are five phases to this unique competition: Tack and Turnout; The Team Ride; Dressage Test; Show Jumping; Cross Country (height 85cm and including a timed gate to negotiate and possibly a slip rail).  Branches are entitled to enter up to three teams, A, B & C, however, C teams may be subject to ballot depending upon the number of A and B teams entered.

            Venue: Berwick Farm, Stanford Rivers.  Organisers:  Essex Hunt North PC.

            12th – 20th  – The National Pony Club Championships (Dressage, Show Jumping, Eventing, Polo)

            Venue: Offchurch Bury, Royal Leamington Spa. Organisers: The Pony Club Office.

            26th – 28th National PC110 Eventing Championships

            Venue: Wellington International.  Organisers:

            26th – 27th – The Regional Grassroots Eventing Championships.

            Venue: Horseheath.  Organisers: N&TPC/EHPC/EHNPC


            4th  – Novice One Day Event.

            Venue: Bramfield, nr. Hertford.  Organisers: Puckeridge Hunt Western.

            11th – Mini Hunter Trial & One Day Event.

            Venue: Isleham.  Organisers: Soham Pony Club.

            18th – The Bloom Cup. This is a Team and Individual One Day Event at PC70, PC80 and PC90.  Seen in the past as a good stepping-stone for members, prior to participating in the Area              8 Horse Trials the following year.

            Venue: Great Witchingham.   Organisers: South Norfolk PC.

           15th – ODE including Pearl Cup

            Venue: Berwick Farm, Stanford Rivers. Organisers: Essex Hunt North PC

            24th – Hunter Trial, Mini & Open.

            Venue: Horseheath.  Organisers: Newmarket & Thurlow Hunt.



            9th – Wilkinson Sword Hunter Trial. Includes a ‘Team’ class for members.

            Venue: Isleham.  Organisers:  Soham & District Pony Club.





Levels of Competition – IMPORTANT see full Pony Club Eventing Rules at

The Dressage tests, height of Show Jumps and X-Country jumps used in Pony Club Eventing is show in detail in the 2022 Pony Club Eventing Rules – please read these for full details and any updates or amendments which may be introduced – below is purely to give you a brief outline of the heights of the courses you will be jumping. 

DRESSAGE TESTS(dressage tests being used in 2022 can be found at

Note: PC70 Area Competitions (There will be no official Regional or National Pony Club championships for PC70 in 2022, but in some Areas there may be qualifiers for some form of ‘Championship.’

Remember – Gloves MUST BE WORN in Dressage

Level Area Championships
PC70 PC Eventing Test 2022 (see above note)
PC 80  Grassroots Grassroots Test 2018 Grassroots Test 2018
PC90 PC90 Eventing Test 2013 PC 90 Eventing Championships Test 2015
PC100 PC100 Eventing Test 2015 PC100 Eventing Championship Test 2013
PC100+ PC110 Eventing Test 2022 PC110 Eventing Championship Test 2015
PC110 PC110 Eventing Test 2022 PC110 Eventing Championship Test 2015



SJ PC70 PC80 PC90 PC100 PC100+ PC110
Max length of course 350m 350m 450m 450m 450m 450m
Speed 300mpm 300mpm 325mpm 325mpm 325mpm 325mpm
Obstacles Max height 0.75m 0.85m 0.95m 1.05m 1.10m 1.15m
Max spread – highest point 0.65m 0.85m 1.05m 1.15m 1.15m 1.25m
Max spread – base 0.90m 1.15m 1.25m 1.35m 1.40m 1.50m


Note: Only one upright and one ascending spread obstacle may be included up to the maximum height.  All other obstacles must be 0.05m below maximum height.


X-C PC70 PC80 PC90 PC100 PC100+ PC110
Length of course Up to 1,800m 1,600-2,500m 1,600 – 2,500m* 1,600 – 2,800m* 1,600 – 3,120m* 1,600 – 3,120*
Speed 435mpm 435mpm 450mpm 475mpm 475mpm 520mpm
Obstacles, jumping efforts Up to 25 16-25 18-25* 18-25* 20-27* 20-28*
Max height 0.70m 0.80m 0.90m 1.00m 1.00m 1.10m
Max spread – highest point 0.75m 0.90m 1.00m 1.10m 1.20m 1.40m
Max spread – base 1.00m 1.25m 1.50m 1.80m 1.80m 2.10m
Max spread without height 0.90m 1.25m 1.50m 1.80m 2.20m 2.40m
Drop fences, max drop 0.80m 1.20m 1.30m 1.40m 1.40m 1.60m
Jump into and out of water 0.20m 0.20m 0.20m 0.20m 0.30m 0.30m

*At the Eventing Championships, the length of the course may be increased to 2,500-3,500m and the number of jumping efforts may be increased to 25-30. 

**If building a new spread fence, it is recommended that the overall maximum spread does not exceed 1.25m 

***In the 100+ at the Eventing Championships there may be a few fences at 105.

Below PC90, Organisers may reduce distances, speeds, heights and number of obstacles.

At PC70 and PC80 there will be no penalties for going too slowly, but reverse time penalties will be applied for going too fast – Rule 32 g).

STOPWATCHES may be worn at PC90, PC100, PC110+ and PC110 levels.  No recording devices (e.g. head cameras) are permitted.

WHIP RULE – see for full details of use of the whip.

Dressage only – a whip of any length may be carried at PC70, PC80, PC90 –

NO WHIPS are allowed at PC100, PC100+ and PC110.

Show Jumping and Cross Country only – a whip, if carried, must be held in the hand by the handle with the handle at the top.  The whip must be ‘padded.’  The maximum length of the whip is 70cm and must be no less than 45cm.

  • The ‘contact area’ is considered to be two-fifths of the overall length of the whip and must be covered with a ‘pad.’
  • There must be no ‘binding’ within 17cm of the end of the ‘pad.’
  • The ‘pad’ must be smooth, with no protrusion or raised surface, and be made of shock absorbing material throughout its circumference such that it gives a compression factor of at least 6mm.
  • There is to be no wording, advertising or personalisation of any kind on the ‘pad.’

Should you have any queries with regards to Eventing please contact Eventing Team Trainer Katie Barrett at or Eventing Secretary Pauline Stoddart at and we will do our very best to help you.

We wish you all the very best of luck for 2022!

Katie and Pauline