Novice Level

Novice Level Horses:
The minimum age for any horse to take part in a Graded Endurance Ride (GER) is 5 years. The age of a horse is deemed to change on 1st January of the current year irrespective of the actual birth date during that year.

A Novice horse aged 5 and in its first season may only compete at Novice Level. All Novice horses in their first season may not start in more than ten Graded Endurance Rides (GERs) and must only start rides to a maximum distance of 450km whether or not the rides are completed successfully. A horse presented to the pre-ride veterinary inspection is considered to have started the ride.  

Rides available to Novice Horse/Rider combinations are from 30-50km and are to be completed at between 8-15kph.

A Novice Level horse aged 6 yrs or over in its first season may complete Open qualification ready to compete at Advanced level from the start of its second season - providing the maximum distance is not exceeded.

A horse and rider must compete at the lowest qualification for the combination. For example, an Open Level rider riding a Novice Level horse can only compete at Novice Level.

First season horses may complete their novice and open qualifications, providing age requirements are satisfied. They must not upgrade or compete at advanced level within one season.

However riders may progress to Advanced Level within one season.

Where there is no evidence on the Endurance GB database to show that a horse has successfully completed a Graded Endurance Ride (or equivalent), Competitive Endurance Ride (or equivalent) or FEI Endurance Ride within the three years prior to the current registration year, their qualification level will automatically revert to novice. The horse will then be required to complete the qualification process again before entering an open or advanced level ride. However, a member may forward evidence to the Operations Committee of relevant and recent experience which may allow the horse to be re-graded at open or advanced level.

Minimum Requirements for
Novice Horse or Rider to Progress to Open Level

Minimum age of horse

Ride Types

Minimum No of Successful Completions

Distance

km

+/-5%

Conditions

5

GER
(Graded Endurance Rides)

3

30-50

None (rides may be completed in any order of distance)

 

  • Horses may not compete in Open GERs until they are 6years old.
  • Only Novice horses in their first season are eligible for the Novice Championship (assessed on 8-10 successful GERs of 45km or less.  Distances as advertised in the handbook).  Novice trophy points awarded for max 40km only.
  • Novice horses may only enter GERs on consecutive days if the total scheduled distance does not exceed 80km (+/- 5%).
  • Riders require the same series of ride qualifications to upgrade but not necessarily as a combination.

At the end of the first season the mastercard must be returned to the Office, regardless of the number of rides competed or the level achieved.

Upgrading of horse or rider is not mandatory once qualification criteria have been fulfilled, but riders or horses may not enter rides above their registered level, regardless of the level of experience attained.

  • The Technical Steward may upgrade the horse or rider on the day of the ride if requested by the rider/registered owner.
  • In circumstances where a horse and/or rider complete the necessary qualification in order to enable them to upgrade, but have not been formally upgraded by a TS, and they then compete in a class that necessitates that they have upgraded, the horse and/or rider shall be automatically upgraded by the Results Co-ordinator.  The Results Co-ordinator shall send notice to this effect.
  • If a horse or rider qualifies for the next level at a multi day event they may compete in one further class at that event at the next level.  Exceptions being Novice 1st season horses who have already reached the maximum 450km distance allowed for the year.

Grading System

The grading system for Graded Endurance Rides is designed to reward horse fitness and good horsemanship.

Horses passing the final vetting shall be awarded a Grade based on the horse's finishing heart rate which shall be taken over a full 60 seconds.  Grading Parameters will apply.

 Link to download Novice grading chart 30-50km (pdf)

Link to download Novice grading chart 30-50km (Excel Spreadsheet)

There are two national trophies for Novice horses and ponies:

 The Mira Trophy 
This trophy was presented by Olive and Bernard Linge. It is awarded to the champion novice horse/pony gaining the most points in GERs in their first season of competition (see rules above) competing in rides of no more than 45km. Distances shall be taken as published in the current Handbook. For rides in excess of 40km, points will be calculated for 40km only.

Max Shield
This trophy was presented by Susan Miles and is awarded to the novice reserve champion.