Eventing is a test of horse and rider and comprises three phases - Dressage, Show-jumping and Cross Country. Each of these phases is designed to test the horse's ability - dressage shows how trainable the horse is and its basic paces in walk, trot and canter. The show-jumping shows athleticism, control and accuracy, whilst the cross country tests stamina, speed, jumping and bravery.
The scores from each of the three phases are totalled to produce an overall figure. The scoring system works on a penalty basis and the rider / horse combination with the least penalties at the end of the competition is the winner.
A competition can take place over one, two or three days depending upon the level, with BE90 / BE100 at the lower end and three, four and five star events at the higher end.
Both horse and rider need to develop their skills and gain experience in order to compete at the higher levels, because the difficulty in all three phases increases with each step up from BE90/BE100, to novice, intermediate and advanced