Eventing show jumping phase

Equestrian Eventing Show Jumping Phase

The Showjumping Phase of Equestrian Eventing is traditionally the final phase in equestrian eventing.

The showjumping phase is intended to test the athleticism of your event horse.

A good event horse should be be able to perform well even though it’s completed a gruelling gallop across country.

  • Showjumps in the eventing show jumping phase will normally be higher than in the cross country phase.
  • The fences will require a greater degree of accuracy and far more discipline to complete the course of jumps successfully.
Eventing show jumping phase

Similarly the showjumping phase of eventing requires different tactics in your approach to fences.

Turns, paces and strides need to be carefully worked out to ensure you gain the best approach possible.

At lower levels you will complete the showjumping round before the cross country round, and as you progress up the ranks you’ll begin to tackle two and three day events where the order is changed and the showjumping becomes the final phase.

Maximum Showjump Fence Heights for Relevant Equestrian Eventing Grades and Levels.

Class/Level Open To Max. Fence Height
Intro horses with no points 0.95m
Pre-Novice Horses with no points 1.05m
Open Pre-Novice horses with some points 1.05m
Novice horses with up to & incl. 20 pts 1.15m
Open Novice horses with over 20 pts 1.15m
Intermediate Novice Grade II horses with under 46pts or Grade III horses 1.20m
Intermediate Grade II & III horses with up to 60pts 1.25m
Open Intermediate open to all grades 1.25m
Advanced Intermediate open to all grades 1.30m
Advanced open to Grade I & II horses 1.30m

Table 4.BE. Equestrian Eventing Showjumping Phase Fence Heights


Equestrian Eventing Show jumping PhaseWhat to wear when competing in the show jumping phase of international eventing :

In the show jumping phase of equestrian eventing you wear similar clothing to that wornin the dressage phase.

  • Your outfit is not complete without a protective riding helmet complete with a secure harness that complies with current safety standards.
  • Riders should always wear a hunt coat, rather than a shadbelly and top hat.
  • You can use a helmet cover, only if it is black or dark blue
  • As in cross-country, riders should wear a medical armband.