NSEA Eventers Challenge (Cancelled)

Show Date
Sun, Jan 24, 2021
Starting Times:

Start Times Available on both the NSEA & Bicton Arena website on Thursday 21st January from 3pm www.nsea.org.uk www.bicton-arena.co.uk

Class 1
Eventers Challenge (0.70m - 0.75m)    
Entry Fee:
Team & Individual Hickstead Qualifier
Class 2
Eventers Challenge (0.80m - 0.85m)    
Entry Fee:
Team & Individual Hickstead Qualifie
Class 3
Eventers Challenge (0.90m - 0.95m)    
Entry Fee:
Team & Individual Hickstead Qualifier
Class 4
Eventers Challenge (1.00m - 1.05m)    
Entry Fee:
Team & Individual Hickstead Qualifier

Show Secretary: Bicton Arena
East Budleigh, Budleigh Salterton, Devon, EX9 7BL
Tel: 01395 441162, Mobile: 07827290471, Website: www.bicton-arena.co.uk

Bicton Arena, East Budleigh , Budleigh Salterton , Devon EX97BL
Map Link: EX97BL

Show Information


NSEA Eventers Challenge Rules for Scoring 2021


The intention of these rules is to reward riders who have a clear round and to penalise riders who have jumping penalties or who are significantly faster than the Optimum Time. Where there are several competitors with a clear round, then the nearest to the Optimum Time will win, rewarding an appropriate judgement of pace around the course.


EC1) Open to Teams and Individuals

·        Riders will jump a course of 5-8 show jumps and then proceed immediately into the XC phase of 8-15 simulated XC fences, depending on the size of the arena

·        The speed for the XC phase will be between 320m/m to 375m/m depending on the size of the arena – smaller arena = tighter turns which slow you down. A larger arena with flowing lines will ride on a quicker time. The speed for each class will be given in the schedule or on the noticeboard at the event. Times will be recorded to one-hundredth of a second if the timing equipment allows.

·        NSEA/BE Eventing Rules for tack and rider equipment for XC.

·        There will be no style mark. No age restriction on the mini (70/75) class.

·        Top two teams and Individuals at each height to qualify for the NSEA Eventers Challenge Championship to be held at Hickstead in May.

EC2) Dress: XC colours, body protectors are compulsory. Hair must be above collar length, long hair to be kept in place in a hair net. Rider must wear BE approved skull caps, no fixed peak SJ hats.

EC3) The competitor with the fewest penalties wins. In the event of a tie, the competitor closest to the optimum time will be the winner. In the team competition, the total of the best three scores is used to place the team. The combined difference from the Optimum Time of the 3 best scores is used to break any ties.

EC4) The top 2 teams/individuals at each qualifier will qualify for the NSEA Eventers Challenge Championship. 

EC5) Organisers are asked to ensure that the XC phase includes elements that give a choice about the track and therefore the time taken. Organisers are asked not to display a clock showing the time taken visible to the rider to as the aim is to educate riders to ride by feel.

Penalties are awarded as follows

Knockdown (to include SJ and knockable xc fences)

4 penalties

1st Refusal

4 penalties

2nd Refusal

8 penalties

3rd Refusal


Rider Fall


Horse Fall


Starting before the bell, retaking an obstacle already jumped, error of course or outside assistance


Where the Optimum Time is 120 seconds or less, for every commenced second in excess of 10 seconds under the optimum time

1 penalty

Where the Optimum Time more than 120 seconds, for every commenced second in excess of 15 seconds under the optimum time

1 penalty

Exceeding time limit (2 times the Optimum Time)





Payment Details & Event Fees

All riders to be entered individually
All TEAM MANAGERS must then declare teams NO LATER than 11am on 19th January
Please email gemma.cooke@clintondevon.com to declare your teams
Payment is secure and it goes directly to Bicton Arena.
You will receive an email confirmation of your class entry and payment.

Entry Fee: £28 (includes First Aid)

Special Classes

70 / 80 / 90 & 1m are qualifying classes for the NSEA Eventers Challenge Final @ Hickstead in May 2021

Terms & Conditions
  • NSEA rules - CLICK HERE
  • Skull Caps to BE standards must be worn. Hats with a fixed peak are not permitted.
  • XC attire to be worn. Body Protectors are COMPULSORY. You will not be allowed to compete without a body protector and no refunds will be given
  • Dogs must always be kept on a lead
  • Any competitor will be disqualified for dangerous riding, misuse of whips or spurs, or abusive conduct towards the judges, stewards or the secretary
  • The judges’ decision is final
  • Stopwatches are not permitted
  • Warm up in designated area only - Practice fences must be jumped the correct way (red flag on the right)
  • All competitors take part at their own risk and are expected to exercise due care at all times and obey all notices placed for their control
  • No horses under 4 years of age may compete
  • Any complaints must be made to the secretary, in writing and within 10 minutes of the class finishing along with a fee of £10
  • The organiser reserves the right to change / cancel a class, refuse entry and to change format of competition
  • Please take note of the additional Covid-19 terms and conditions
  • All clients and their guests and customers are required to adhere to commonly accepted standards of decency and good behaviour. Racial abuse, discrimination, swearing and loud or aggressive conduct will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to ask any person on the premises to leave immediately. We reserve the right to refuse admission to any person without giving reason.


Your Responsibility All persons attending the event must take all reasonable precautions to avoid and prevent accidents and must obey instructions given by the Organiser or by officials and stewards on its behalf. All competitors and those associated with their school are the responsibility of the Team Manager whilst at the competition                                                           TV & Photography Please note that professional photographers will be present at NSEA competitions. There may also be TV cameras at the Championships.  Please indicate on the entry form if you do not wish to appear in press coverage/ TV or photos taken by our official photographers
Child Protection & Safeguarding
If you have any concerns, please contact the NSEA on tel 07552 836032  / competition@nsea.co.uk to be put in contact with our designated Child Protection Officer. If you have immediate concerns, you 



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