British Carriagedriving
Competition Classes
PROGRESSION
The progression caters for different people’s diverse aims. For example to compete at club level or national level, single or multiple, and provides multiple paths through the classes. It also allows for people dropping down in levels when they start with a novice horse or pony, or an animal less experienced than their ‘advanced’ horse.

CLASS CRITERIA, QUALIFICATION and PROGRESSION


PRE-NOVICE SINGLES CLASSES
These classes will be held at Club Events and BC recommend that in the interest of creating a uniform structure, clubs should consider adopting the class rules.
Inspection & Safety CheckAt the halt for fit, safety and cleanliness of harness and vehicle, also turnout of horse, driver and groom. Marathon harness and 3 phase vehicles are acceptable. Marks will only be deducted, if an acceptable standard is not attained.
Dressage BC Pre-Novice test
Marathon1 or 3 Sections, 4 to 6 obstacles, gates max. to E.
ConesMax. 15 gates, speed 210 m/min, gate width 165 cm.
Progressionto Club Novice Singles - at the discretion of the club.

CLUB NOVICE SINGLES
These classes will be held at Club Events and BC recommend that in the interest of creating a uniform structure, clubs should consider adopting the class rules.
Inspection & Safety CheckAt the halt for fit, safety and cleanliness of harness and vehicle. Also turnout of horse, driver and groom. Marathon harness and 3 phase vehicles are acceptable.
Dressage BC Novice test
Marathon3 sections, 6 obstacles, gates max. to E.
Cones Max. 20 gates, speed 220 m/min, gate width: 165 cm.
Progression

To National Novice Qualifying classes or the appropriate class at Club events.

You must progress at the end of the season after winning this class on three occasions, either to National Novice qualifying class or the appropriate class at Club Events.

You may progress at any time to National Novice after completing without elimination three Club Novice events with a 3 section marathon. Competitors may progress to club classes at the discretion of the club.

New competitors wishing to enter National Novice classes must have a  BC competence certificate signed at three events with a 3 section marathon. This certificate must have been signed in either the current or the previous two seasons and submitted to the BC office prior to entering the first event.


NATIONAL NOVICE SINGLES QUALIFIER
These classes will be held at National, Regional competitions and Approved Club events.
Inspection & Safety Check At the halt for fit, safety and cleanliness of harness and vehicle. Also turnout of horse, driver and groom. Marathon harness and 3 phase vehicles are acceptable.
Dressage BC Novice test
Marathon3 sections, min. 12 km, 6 obstacles, gates max. to F.
Cones20 gates, speed 220 m/min, gate width: 165 cm.
Qualification for National Championships If there are 1 to 4 competitors in a class, the highest placed one will qualify, disregarding those who have already qualified. If there are 5 or more in the class, the highest two will qualify, disregarding those already qualified, from the first eight places.
Progression To Intermediate Singles

You must progress at the end of the season after winning this class on three occasions or finishing in the top 3 or the top 50% (whichever is the smaller) at the National Championships.

You may progress at any time after qualifying for the National Championships.

You may also progress after completing three National Novice events without elimination, either in the current or the two previous seasons, with a dressage score of 65 or less at one of these events.


INTERMEDIATE SINGLES
These classes will be held at National and Regional events.
PresentationJudged on the move. Appearance of athlete and grooms, correctness, cleanliness harmonizing of harness and carriage. Fitness, matching and condition of horse(s), balanced picture of the complete turnout. Clearance and fit of harness. Harmony between horse(s) and athlete.
Dressage BC Test 2
Marathon3 sections. 6 to 7 obstacles, gates max. to F
Cones20 gates. Speed: Horses 230 m/min, Ponies 235 m/min. Cone gate width: 165 cm.
Qualification for National Championships If there are 1 to 4 competitors in a class, the highest placed one will qualify, disregarding those who have already qualified. If there are 5 or more in the class, the highest two will qualify, disregarding those already qualified, from the first eight places.
Progression to Open Singles

You must progress to Open Singles at the end of the season after winning this class on three occasions or finishing in the top 3 or the top 50% (whichever is the smaller) at the National Championships.

You may progress at any time after qualifying for the National Intermediate Championships. You may also progress after completing three Intermediate events without elimination, either in the current or the two previous seasons, with a dressage score of 65 or less at one of these events.

Note:

A competitor from a higher class level, including multiples, may compete in this class with a young or inexperienced horse/pony that has not competed above Intermediate level. They will not be eligible for qualification to the Intermediate class at the National Championships and must return to the Open Class after one win with the same horse/pony.


OPEN SINGLES & PAIRS
These classes will be held at National and Regional competitions.
PresentationOn the move
Dressage Singles: BC Open Singles      Pairs: BC Test 2
Marathon3 sections, 6 to 8 obstacles, gates max. to F,
Cones20 gates. Speed: Horse singles, pony and horse pairs 240 m/min. Pony singles 245 m/min. Cone gate width: 160cm (singles & pony pairs), 170cm (horse pairs).
Qualification for National Championships If there are 1 to 4 competitors in a class, the highest placed one will qualify, disregarding those who have already qualified. If there are 5 or more in the class, the highest two will qualify, disregarding those already qualified, from the first eight places.
Progression to Advanced

A competitor/athlete may progress to the Advanced Class after they have completed 3 Open National Events without elimination, with a dressage mark of 60 or less at one of these events.

The Open National Champions are not required to progress to the Advanced class.


ADVANCED SINGLES & PAIRS
These classes will be held at National and Regional competitions.
PresentationOn the move
Dressage Single Horses & Ponies:  FEI test 3*B HP1
Pairs Horses & Ponies: FEI Test 3*B HP2
Marathon 3 sections, 6 to 8 obstacles, gates max. to F.
Cones20 gates. Speed: 250 m/min (single horse and horse pairs), 260m/min (single pony). Cone gate width: 160cm (single horse and pony), 170cm (horse pairs).
Qualification for National Championships If there are 1 to 4 competitors in a class, the highest placed one will qualify, disregarding those who have already qualified. If there are 5 or more in the class, the highest two will qualify, disregarding those already qualified, from the first eight places.
Notes:

Competitors who have progressed to the Advanced classes may return to the Open Class at any time and still retain their eligibility to return to the Advanced class when they wish, without the need to re-qualify.


FOUR IN HAND
These classes will be held at National and Regional competitions.
PresentationOn the move
Dressage Four in Hand Horses & Ponies:  FEI test 3*B HP4
Marathon 3 sections, 6 to 8 obstacles, gates max. to F.
Cones20 gates. Speed: 240 m/min horse and pony), width: 165cm (pony fours), 190cm (horse fours).
Qualification for National Championships If there are 1 to 4 competitors in a class, the highest placed one will qualify, disregarding those who have already qualified. If there are 5 or more in the class, the highest two will qualify, disregarding those already qualified, from the first eight places.
  
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