Advanced Level Horses
The minimum age for a horse to compete at Advanced Level is 7 years, and only Advanced horses and riders may compete in Competitive Endurance Rides (CERs).
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.
Horses in their first season may complete their novice and open qualifications but may not upgrade or compete at advanced level until the next season (providing they satisfy the age restrictions).
However 6yo advanced level horses can enter a CEI* and a CEI2* FEI ride if ridden by an FEI 3* qualified rider.(see FEI pages for more information)
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Advanced level riders and horses may compete in all EGB classes i.e. Pleasure Rides which are also known as Training/Social Rides (PRs), Graded Endurance Rides (GERs) and Competitive Endurance Rides (CERs). GERs will be 30km and above, they should be ridden at between 10-18kph, whilst CERs may be 80-160+km with a minimum speed of 10kph.
However, competitors may choose to compete at or below the qualification level of the horse and rider combination.
For example, an Advanced Level rider with an Advanced Level horse may compete at Novice, Open or Advanced. However if an advanced level horse completes a novice class only distance completion points will be awarded.
The grading system in GERs is designed to reward horse fitness and good horsemanship.
Grading Parameters will apply.
Link to 30-55km grading chart
Link to 56km and above grading chart