XC Eventing Obstacles & Training the Event Horse

XC Eventing Obstacle Heights

The obstacles in the modern cross country phase of international equestrian eventing are still a superb test of endurance.

Unusual XC Eventing Obstacles

Even though you are just as likely to come across a jump representing a pile of mushrooms; a pair of parked cars or a boat; as you are a large hedge or a wide ditch.

The heights and levels detailed below apply to the top levels of affiliated eventing competitions.

However, there are a great many junior or local one day and three day events that are run without affiliation and that determine their cross country obstacle heights based on their own equipment and pre-built obstacles.

Maximum XC eventing obstacle heights for relevant equestrian eventing grades and levels.
Cross Country Phase Class / Level Max Fence Height
Intro horses with no points 0.90m
Pre Novice horses with no points 1.00m
Open Pre Novice horses with some points 1.00m
Novice horses with up to and including 20 pts 1.10m
Open Novice horses with over 20 pts 1.10m
Intermediate Novice Grade II horses with less than 46 pts or for Grade III horses 1.10m
Intermediate Grade II & III horses with up to 60pts 1.15m
Open Intermediate open to all grades 1.15m
Advanced Intermediate open to all grades 1.20m
Advanced open to Grade I & II horses 1.20m

Table 3.BE. Cross Country Eventing Obstacles

The event rider should check eventing competition schedules closely

Always ensure you and your horse are comfortable with the xc eventing obstacles and heights being used; and that you are confident both you and your horse can complete the xc course.