Additional SEG Rules

Schools Equestrian Games Competition Rules 

  • Any horse and rider combination cannot compete in any SEG competition over lower than previously competed. For example, once competing at 100cm you cannot compete any lower than 80cm or competing at 90cm, you cannot compete lower than 70cm.
  • Minimum age of competitor 7 years old on date of competition. Please note this may vary with individual venues, check the event schedules for confirmation of age eligibility.
  • In all team competitions unless stated otherwise there must be at least 2 different riders, only one rider can compete two horses/ponies in the same team, but only if there are no other individual riders from that school competing in the same class.
  • Each horse or pony may only compete once in each class at the same  competition,
  • Outside assistance is forbidden and will result in elimination. (Please check to see if dressage tests can be called)
  • It is compulsory that all riders wear hats/helmets up to British Standard Riding Hats.  All Hats must carry a current Horse-Events, British Eventing or Pony Club tag. No Fixed peak Hats may be worn for the Cross Country Phase
  • Riding is a risk sport and it is compulsory that all riders wear body protectors to the latest BETA standard for all XC.
  • All horses and ponies must be 4 years old and over.
  • Stallions may only be ridden with prior permission from the organisers and must wear identifying discs on their bridles in the interest of safety.
  • All children under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times on site and at a team event, the team manager or a representative must be present throughout the duration of which your team is competing.
  • No child or team can represent their school without the consent of the head teacher through the completion of the ‘SEG Registration Form’ (see eligibility).
  • It is the responsibility of the competitors, team manager and parents to be aware of, and abide by the rules of the individual competition and failure to comply may result in elimination.
  • Competitors, team managers and parents should remember they are always representing their school when present at a SEG event. Please be polite and courteous to others at the event.
  • The organiser holds the right to remove or eliminate individuals from the competition for inappropriate behaviour by the competitor or their representatives.
  • Any SEG event can run in conjunction with an unaffiliated event.


Whilst competing at a SEG competition, compliant competition dress is expected. In the event of hot weather, jackets may not be worn but only at the judge’s discretion (shoulders MUST be covered)

    • Jackets – a traditional style jacket in any plain colour or tweed.
    • Shirts with suitable stock or tie.
    • Breeches- white or beige breeches should be worn for Dressage and Show Jumping, dark colours can be worn for Cross Country.
    • Riding boots- only standard riding or jodhpur boots with a well-defined square cut heel may be worn. Half Chaps are permitted without tassels.
    • Rider’s hair must be worn above the collar and in a hair net
    • Spurs as per BE rules
  • Head Cams – are not permitted at any SEG Competition

Identification of Sponsors – Dress  & tack

The following apply to all disciplines / phases:-

Any sponsor or advertising logo displayed on a rider’s Dress must be that of a rider’s school or school team sponsor.

Advertising and logos must not contravene any laws, be controversial or socially undesirable or bring the sport into disrepute.

No logo may be displayed which the Organiser has stated in the schedule as unacceptable.