Saracens British Connemara Eventing Championships at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian

Saracens British Connemara Eventing Championships at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian

Where: Swalcliffe Park Equestrian
When: 10/09/22 to 11/09/22
Event Newsflash

The Saracen Connemara Eventing Championships will be run under British Eventing Competition Rules and that any specific needs should be communicated to Horse-Events directly in advance of submitting an entry to determine whether any special arrangements can be made to accommodate. Failure to communicate this before the event taking place may result in elimination from the competition

Event Information

British Connemara Eventing Championships at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian


BE Course Builder: Rich Taylor

BS SJ Course Designer

BD Judges

Classes at 70,80,90 & 100cm

How to qualify

To compete at a qualifier, the owner or rider do not have to be a member of the BCPS, but the pony must be a pure-bred or part-bred Connemara registered with, or in the case of imported ponies, overstamped by the BCPS and listed on the UK database.

We accept qualifications for four height sections: 70cm, 80cm, 90cm and 100cm. You can qualify by either:

  • Being placed in the top 10 of your section; or
  • By posting a double clear

When you enter your chosen qualifier, it is your responsibility to notify the organiser in advance that you wish to be eligible to qualify for the Saracen Connemara Eventing Championships – you can do this by ticking the appropriate box on the entry system or posting a comment in the comments box. If you successfully qualify by achieving a double clear or top 10 placing, ensure that you collect you qualification card from the organisers.



In order to compete at the Finals, your pony must be registered with or (for overseas/Irish ponies) overstamped by the BCPS. You must also ensure that the correct owner is recorded in the pony’s passport.


You must also be an Adult, Junior, Joint or Family member of the BCPS in order to compete at the Finals. You can find out more about becoming a member on our Memberships and Fees page, or buy membership now in our Shop.


The 2022 Saracen Connemara Eventing Championship Finals will take place on 10–11 September at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, near Banbury. Details of how to enter the finals will be set out here and on the HorseEvents website. Entries will open in July and close on Monday, 29 August 2022.

Please note that HorseEvents run all their events (including the Saracen Connemara Eventing Championships) under BE Rules.


This event is also a Qualifier for the School Equestrian Games & Horse Events Unaffiliated Eventing Championships

The Only National Championships for unaffiliated eventing aiming to bring the Unaffiliated eventing calendar together.


  • Amateur ONLY classes – Riders must meet eligibility criteria to ensure a true amateur class
  • Open class for young horses – open to all levels of rider with horse 4, 5 or 6 years in their 1st or 2nd year of eventing.
  • Schools Equestrian Games Eventing Championships – the Prestigious Schools Eventing series to find the Schools eventing champions.

Championships 1st & 2nd October – Calmsden 80, 90 & 100cm





Dressage sheets will be electronically emailed to you on the Monday after the event from


Withdrawal Date: 1 September 2022
Horse Events
T: +44 (0) 7962251696
(queries on the day only)
Event Secretary
T: +44 (0)7962 251 696
(not after 7pm) Entry Queries

Event Classes

The following classes are available for the Saracens British Connemara Eventing Championships at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian

Horse Events Dressage Test 80B 2021
Horse Events Dressage Test 80B 2021
Horse Events Dressage Test 90B 2021
Horse Events Dressage Test 100B 2021

Entries and Entry Fees

All Entries online at

70 & 80– £74.50

90 & 100- £77.50

All entries are subject to a non refundable booking fee £2 per entry

Start fee: £12 payable online – a link to pay your start fee will be with your event times.
ALL Start fees should be paid for before attending event  (In the event of not being able to attend after paying your start fee this will be refunded)

Late entries may be accepted online if classes are not full an additional £10.00.

Registration, Start Fees & Numbers

Registration/ start fees/ numbers

On arrival at the venue you will be checked in either via a drive through system, or at a registration point once parked.

Start fees to be paid online prior to arrival via the link or on the day

Programs & Course maps will be available digitally and a copy the xc course will be located at the XC start.

Competitor Numbers will need to be printed by each competitor which can be downloaded from the website, when paying your start fee and getting your times.

Withdrawals & Event Cancellation Terms & Substitutions


If you wish to change both horse and rider, you will need to cancel your entry and make a new one with full payment.

Any substitutions to either rider or horse can be made yourself, by logging onto your Horse-Event account and making that change free of charge.

However, after the closing date, this  Horse Events Substitution Form  must be completed with a £5 payment, in order for us to make any changes on your behalf.



Closing & Withdrawal date – 10 days before the starting date of the competition

ALL Withdrawals must be registered by email to:
Please note if withdrawing after the closing date in order to obtain your refund we MUST receive a vet’s or doctor’s certificate. No later than the Monday following the event to obtain a refund.

Withdrawal policy depending on date of withdrawal:

  1. Withdrawals for whatever reason before the closing date will receive a refund minus the £10 admin fee.
  2. Withdrawals made AFTER the Closing & Withdrawal date (10 days before the competition) for a veterinary to the horse or medical reason to the rider, are non-refundable unless a replacement from our wait list is found. In this situation a full refund will be given minus the £10 admin fee.
    (If entries are open and their is no wait list  – no refunds will be issued)
  3. Withdrawals made 24 hours before the event starting for whatever reason are non-refundable. The event start date is taken as the first day of competition

Event Cancellation

As you can appreciate at this time, we cannot insure against cancelling due to Covid 19. In the event of cancellation for any reason all entries will be refunded minus a £15 cancellation charge per entry.

When refunds are due please note these will be processed back onto the card you paid on. 

Times & Course Walking

Times are available from after Thursday 8th September 6pm at:


The XC Course will be open for walking between 2pm – 8pm on Friday 9th September for ALL competitors –

Scoring, Results & Prizes

All results will be online and available at

Dressage sheets will be electronically emailed to you on the Monday after the event from

For BCPS Championship Class please come correctly dressed to a formal prize giving presentation


Age of Competitor: Must be over 7 years of age on the date of competition.


Volunteer – if you can provide us with a volunteer for either day of the event, this would be hugely appreciated.  Those that volunteer get priority entry at any Horse Events Organised ODE.
and if wait listed will be accepted before those that are not providing a volunteer.


Horse Events Unaffiliated Eventing Championships 2022

Championships 1st & 2nd October – Calmsden 80, 90 & 100cm


  • Amateur ONLY classes
  • Open class for young horses
  • Schools Equestrian Games Eventing Championships
Unaffiliated Amateur championships

This championship is aimed for the amateur rider who does not class themselves as a professional rider of course this is hard quantify the following criteria have been put in place to encourage a fair competition for all involved. It is self policed as we cannot track past results.

Amateur Class Criteria

For the 80cm & 90cm No rider to have competed above BE Novice or equivalent in the last three years.
For 100cm No rider to have competed above BE Intermediate or equivalent in the last three years.


If you have any queries over riders that have qualified that are not eligible, please email and we can investigate further.

How to qualify

Be placed in the top 7 of eligible starters at any 80, 90 or 100 unaffiliated event hosting a Horse Events Qualifier (HEQ) and be eligible under the following criteria.

Special prizes to be awarded at each height at the Championships

  • Highest placed individual that is not employed in any equestrian related field and purely is a Hobby rider with only 1 horse.
  • Best Veteran rider over 50


Horse Events Unaffiliated Open Young Horse Championships (4-6year old horses)

Open to ALL levels of rider
(no restrictions on the level you have competed previously at)

Open to 4, 5 & 6yr old horses in their 1st or 2nd year of eventing.


How to Qualify

Be placed in the top 10 at any Horse Events Qualifying competition between 1st March –  30th September 2022


SEG – School Equestrian Games

The SEG Eventing Championships gives children the opportunity to compete for their schools and qualify for the Schools Equestrian Games Eventing Championships.

This is a prestigious series and is the recognised Eventing Championships for all schools, we welcome international schools to compete as well.

How to Qualify

  • Top 8 qualify in each SEG section at qualifying competitions
    If qualified for unaffiliated Eventing Championships can transfer to compete in SEG if you wish.
  • Throughout the season the competitions are individual qualifiers
    – Teams will then be made at the championships if a schools has enough members from their school who have qualified individually to make up a team. (minimum of 3 in a team)
  • Teams- Maximum of 2 teams per school per height at the championships.
  • Qualification is passed down the line in the event that those placed have previously qualified.
  • The same horse and rider combination qualify- no substitutions can be made.
  • Each competitor rides for the school they currently attend – school leavers (17/18 years) ride for their previous school.


Championship criteria for all qualifiers

In the event of qualifying for two heights the combination must compete at the championship at the highest height they qualified for.

No horse or rider substitutions at the championships

For Unaffiliated Amateur riders that have qualified and are riding a young horse or at School age the rider can decide which championship class they would like to be entered into. If choosing the Schools Equestrian Games section.
(please ensure your School is registered with us by the 30th September 2022.

Please remember the Young Horse Class is open to professional and amateur riders.

Only 1 class can be ridden in at the championships per combination.

In the event of Qualifying for multiple championship classes you will need to decide which championships you compete in. (Amateur, Young horse or SEG)


All horses must be vaccinated
We work on a annual basis.

There must be 6 clear days between any vaccination injection given and the date of the event. – NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE


There will be catering onsite. Please remember social distancing.

Food to be eaten at your vehicle and all rubbish to be taken home and disposed of


People must expect to have their photograph taken at many of our events and we reserve the right to publish suitable photographs of those attending, along with the names of members involved. If you do not wish for your photo to be published please inform the secretary at the individual event with your competitor number and your photo will not be published. If you would like an existing published photo to be removed from our Media please email and we will do so immediately.

the official on-site photographer is Jasmine Punter

Safeguarding, Health & Safety & Insurance Notice

Safe Guarding & Code of Conduct: We take this Seriously at all Competitions.
Please see our Policy available online.

Personal Injury and Equipment Insurance Notice
The venue owner or Horse Events Ltd does not insure the rider, your horse or your tack and equipment. You are always strongly advised to have in place your own adequate personal accident insurance .

The Venue, Horse Events Ltd or anyone involved in the organisation of the event will not be held responsible for any accident, injury or loss to any person or their property however this may be caused. Including Covid 19.

Health and Safety

The organisers of this event have taken reasonable precautions to ensure the health and safety of everyone present. For these measures to be effective everyone must take all reasonable precautions to avoid and prevent accidents occurring and must obey the rules and instructions of the organisers and stewards/officials.


Stabling will be available onsite please contact Kate Walters at for further details

General Terms & Conditions

General Terms & Conditions

  1. This horse trials will be run under British Eventing competition rules unless stated in this schedule.
  2. It is compulsory that all riders wear hats/helmets up to British Standard Riding Hats conforming to All PAS 015, VG1 – provided they are BSI Kitemarked, European – VG1 – provided they are BSI Kitemarked American –All SEI ASTM F1163 04a onwards and SNELL E2001 Australian & New Zealand – AS/NZS 3838 2006 onwards.
    All Hats must carry a Horse-Events Tag or 2018 Turquoise British Eventing/PC or RC tag
  3. Riding is a risk sport and it is compulsory that all riders wear body protectors to the latest Beta Standard when going Cross Country – we no longer permit the use of BETA Level 3 body protectors with a 2000 label. Air Jackets may be worn but must be worn over a body protector. It is highly recommended you also wear your Body Protector when Show Jumping.
  4. It is compulsory that every person entering upon the Horse-Events venue who is under the age of 18 years of age is accompanied by a responsible adult.
  5. All horses must be vaccinated Horse Events ODE’S work on an annual basis. There must be 6 clear days between any vaccination injection given and the date of the event.
  6. Event stopwatches are allowed for the Cross Country Phase
  7. We strongly advise not to bring your dog to the event site. Dogs but be kept at the vehicle in the lorry park at all times and not bought onto the competition site. A fine of £100 will be implemented for anyone not adhering to this rule. The Only Dogs allowed on the competition site will be those of officials, event volunteers and must be kept on leads at all times.
  8. It is compulsory that horseboxes are not to be mucked out on site.
  9. The Management of the venue & Horse-Events reserves the right to remove anyone from the course at any time without giving a reason.
  10. You note and accept there will be a paramedic, technician, doctor and 4×4 ambulance vehicle on site.
  11. A vet will be present at the event and a farrier will either be present or on call.
  12. The Event may be cancelled without notice. It is recommended that you check the website before departing.
  13. All horses/ponies must be 4 years and over.
  14. Fall of competitor in any phase of the event will result in elimination. If competitors fall off in the warm up they must be checked by the doctor before re mounting. All falls must be checked by the doctor before leaving the venue.
  15. Outside assistance is forbidden and will result in Elimination.
  16. Riding horses is a high-risk sport and riders taking part in this event acknowledge this and do so at their own risk and that the organisers and land owners will not be accountable or responsible for any loss, damage or injury to rider, horse or equipment however caused, including Covid-19.

Event Booking Information

This event is being organised by Horse Events. Equine Bookings is acting as the booking agent for this event, enabling you to book online, for which you will be charged a booking fee per space which will be added to your cart.

As booking agents, we accept no responsibility for the actual provision of any event for which you purchase event tickets for. Our responsibilities are limited to providing the online platform to enable you to purchase tickets. The booking fee is the separate non-refundable charge we make to you for facilitating the booking. Your contract is held with the Promoter/event organiser.

We only share your data with that of the third party organiser of the specific event you entered. We do not share your data with third parties for marketing purposes. The Organisers of the events published on the Horse Events website have all agreed to the following statement before we published the event and give them access to your data for the purpose of entering their event.

Venue Information

Established in 1997 as a cross country training facility, SPE now offers the ideal setting for training and competitions for riders and their horses of all ages and levels.

With over 120 cross country elements built by Olympic course builder Richard Taylor, director of SPE- there’s something for everyone!

Swalcliffe Park is mainly known for its top class cross country schooling facility and courses. Built by 4**** course builder Richard Taylor, Swalcliffe Park is decorated with numerous feature fences such as the infamous caterpillars, the Ariat ducks and new for 2013, the Blenheim fox; each creating a real educational experience for horses and riders of all ages!

With over 150 fences ranging from 50cm to 1.10m (Novice height), combinations including three water complexes, banks and ditches over undulating ground, Swalcliffe Park has something to offer everyone looking to go cross country schooling.

Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Grange Farm, Banbury, OX15 5EX

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Saracens British Connemara Eventing Championships at Swalcliffe Park Equestrian is being organised by Horse Events and the booking agent is Equine Bookings

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