Competition Classes & Progression

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.

Please refer to Annex 16 of the BC Rule Book for the full qualification for class procedure.

CLASS CRITERIA, QUALIFICATION and PROGRESSION

Please refer to Annex 16 of the BC Rule Book for the full class qualification procedure.
 

CLUB PRE-NOVICE (singles & pairs)

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 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. Marks will only be deducted if an acceptable standard is not attained.
Dressage
BC Pre-Novice test in a 80m x 40m arena.
Marathon
1 or 2 Sections, 4 to 6 obstacles, gates max. to E.
Cones
Max. 15 gates, speed 210 m/min, gate width 165 cm.
Progression
to Club Novice Singles - at the discretion of the club.
 

CLUB NOVICE (singles & pairs)

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 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 A and BC Novice Test B in a 80m x 40m arena.
Marathon
2 sections, 6 obstacles, gates max. to E
Cones
Max. 20 gates, speed 220 m/min, gate width: 165 cm.
Progression: To National Novice classes or the appropriate class at Club events.

You must progress at the end of the season after winning this class on two 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 two Club Novice events with a 2 section marathon. Competitors may progress in club classes at the discretion of the club.

New competitors wishing to enter National Novice classes must have BC competence certificate signed at two events with a 2 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 National event.

NATIONAL NOVICE (singles)

These classes will be held at National 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 A and BC Novice Test B. 80m x 40m arena.
Marathon
2 sections, 6 obstacles, gates max. to F.
Cones
20 gates, speed 220 m/min, gate width: 165 cm.
Qualification Criteria for Classes at the National Championships
Placed first at a qualifying event OR completed TWO National events.
Progression to Open Singles or Pairs
A competitor who has won a National Novice Singles Qualifier, in which 3 or more competitors started the Event, on two occasions, will progress to Open. Novice status is retained until the end of the season. The competitor may move to Open in that season if they wish, but if they qualify at Open for the National Championships, the Open class will be the one contested there. A competitor who finished in first place at the National Novice Championship, or a competitor who has completed in the Novice class on at least 2 occasions, may choose to move to the Open class.
Young or inexperienced horses
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 Novice level. They will not be eligible for qualification to the Novice 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 Driving Trials competitions.
Presentation
On the move
Dressage
Single horse or pony: BC Open Test A or BC Open Test B. Pairs: FEI Test 2* HP2. 80m x 40m arena.
Marathon
2 sections, 6 to 8 obstacles, gates max. to F,
Cones
20 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 Criteria for Classes at the National Championships
Placed first at a qualifying event OR completed TWO National events.
Progression to Advanced

A competitor may progress to the Advanced Class after they have completed 2 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 Driving Trials competitions.
Presentation
On the move
Dressage
FEI  2* and 3* tests. 80m x 40m arena
Marathon
2 sections, 6 to 8 obstacles, gates max. to F.
Cones
20 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 Criteria for Classes at the National Championships
Placed first at a qualifying event OR completed TWO National events.
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 Driving Trials competitions.
Presentation
On the move
Dressage
FEI four-in-hand tests. 80m x 40m arena for ponies, 80x40 or 100m x 40m for horses.
Marathon
2 sections, 6 to 8 obstacles, gates max. to F.
Cones
20 gates. Speed: 240 m/min horse and pony), width: 160cm (pony fours), 185cm (horse fours).
 
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