British Eventing has announced the trial of a new 1.05m class.
The pilot class, which will be held at a small number of events across the country, will have a maximum fence height of 1.05m and will consist of a Novice dressage test, 1.05m show jumping course and an enhanced BE100 cross country course.
The new class provides competitors with an opportunity to ease the transition from BE100 before moving up to Novice, with the cross country course seeing a mixture of BE100 and Novice fences with some additional elements. Cross country courses will be increased in their technicality from BE100 and BE105 competitors will be expected to ride at 500 meters per minute over a course of between 1800m and 2800m, with a maximum of 27 efforts.
Events taking part in the trial include Offchurch Bury (2nd – 3 July), Little Downham (2) 23rd – 24th July, Wellington (27th – 29th August), Frickley Park (2) (10th – 11th September), Dalston Green (2) (10th – 11th September) and Bricky (24th – 25th September).
BE Sport Operations Manager Chris Farr commented; “I am delighted we are piloting the BE105 concept this year. Michael Munden (Bricky ODE) first piloted this idea in 2014 and his help and advice has been invaluable. Having received feedback from members about the “step up” to Novice being a hurdle this is aimed at helping members with the transition to the next level. Combining this new class with the BE Training and Education courses should provide members with the confidence to move up to Novice when they are ready.”
To help improve Member offerings, anyone wishing to enter this pilot class will be asked to complete a short survey as to the reasons for their entry. Minimum Entry Requirements (MERs) for the BE105 class are the same as for BE100Plus classes with MERs for Novice remaining as per the 2016 Members’ Handbook.