Whatever level you compete at, there is a British Eventing league for you. Our leagues not only help riders to monitor their competition progress, but also come with rich rewards – from the £10K prize pot of the Grassroots Leagues to the prestige and recognition of The Howden Way Young Horse Leagues.
Every time you compete with British Eventing, your result has the potential to count towards at least one league. The Equilume Power Based Average League (PBA) League, for example, will reflect the average of a horse/rider combination’s three best finishing scores from all British Eventing events in the 2023 season. This makes it available to every BE member and means that the extremely generous prize at the end of the season (£1,000 in prize money, plus £500 worth of Equilume products) could be won by anyone, of any age and any level of ability!
With the season now underway, despite what the weather is trying to throw at us, the 2023 leagues are starting to take shape. Whilst the current standings may not be available to view yet (many of the leagues are based on a combination’s best three runs and will not start to appear until these have been achieved), good runs early in the season get you off to a great start and could make all the difference when it comes to the final standings.
Most of the BE leagues sit under the British Eventing Stats Centre, which is powered by EquiRatings. The Stats Centre’s interactive landing page, known as the ‘Dashboard’, enables you to explore each of the leagues and to view the current standings.
Remember, to enjoy the benefits of our leagues, you will need to be a BE member. Find out more about starting your BE journey here.
British Eventing leagues
The Equilume League takes a combination’s three best finishing scores from all British Eventing events in the 2023 season and creates a Power Based Average (PBA). Every BE member who completes three or more events is eligible and the prize for the leader at the end of the season is £1,000 in prize money, plus £500 worth of Equilume products.
Grassroots OBP Leagues
British Eventing’s grassroots leagues not only offer riders the chance to claim a share of a £10K prize pot (split between Performance Bonuses paid out every other month and Bumper Pay-outs at the end of the season) but also the opportunity to book a dream ticket to compete at the NAF Five Star BE80 Championship at Bramham or the Voltaire Design Grassroots BE80 and BE90 Championships at Badminton.
The leagues are based around the Equiratings concept of the Opposition Beaten Percentage (OBP) – the greater the number of fellow competitors that they finish ahead of, the better the score. They are available to members competing at BE80, BE90 and BE100, plus those who have recently started competing with British Eventing at those levels get their own additional Newcomers league! To feature in the leagues, members simply need to record a minimum of three finishing scores at their level.
The Howden Way Young Horse Leagues
The Howden Way Young Horse Leagues recognise the achievements of young horses as they develop, with leagues for 5, 6 and 7-year-old horses, plus a combined league for 8- & 9-year-olds.
The leagues, powered by Equiratings, are based on a Power Based Average algorithm (PBA). Taking the average of a horse’s three best finishing scores at their respective level, the PBA highlights the ability to repeatedly finish on a low score. Horses must achieve three or more 2023 BE completions to be eligible to win. To appear on a league, the last rider to register results with the horse must hold a current British eventing ‘Standard’ or ‘Premier’ membership.
EHOA Members League
The Event Horse Owners Association (EHOA), a strategic partner of British Eventing, funds an exciting and dynamic league for top level eventing on British soil. The concept will reward the most competitive and consistent combinations at CCI4*-S and CCI4*-L levels throughout the 2023 season. The EHOA points system, designed by EquiRatings, features a tight points distribution for the top 25 (CCI4*-L) and top 15 (CCI4*-S) finishers, plus a unique negative points structure for cross-country jumping errors.
The EHOA Members’ League 2023 will carry a minimum of £20,000 in prize money, divided between the winner (£15,000 minimum), the runner-up and a special prize for the top placed horse ridden by a young rider (aged 28 or below until end of 2023). The EHOA Members’ League is open to all but in order to claim the prizes the owners of the horses must be a member of the EHOA before 1 September 2023. For horses with multiple owners one owner must be a member.
Regional Youth Leagues
The BE Regional Leagues, powered by Equiratings, provide a transparency of Youth Regional Rankings – not only enabling riders to chart their progress against their fellow competitors, but also providing a clear qualification route for the National Youth Championships.
The eight BE regions have their own leagues across each height category, reflecting the Power Based Average (PBA) score of each combination. The PBA is calculated from the best three finishing scores* achieved across any of the qualifying classes contested. The Top 10 eligible combinations in each height category, at the end of the qualification period, will be invited to represent their region at the National Youth Championships.
These leagues are available to all riders registered for BE Youth Eventing.
* At least one counting score must be achieved within the members designated region and two of the scores must have been obtained within the current calendar year.