Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions...

Q: How long has the NSEA been running
A: 2017 is our 26th year!

Q:Is NSEA just for independant schools?
A: No, there is an even split 50/50 of state & independant schools that compete.

Q: Do you have to be a member to compete?
A: Yes, go to membership pages on the website

Q: Can two schools join together to make up a team ?
A: Not unless they are part of the same academy group or the prep school for a secondary school.

Q: How can I qualify to compete at the National County Championships?
A: The winning team & individual from the county qualifier will represent their county at the National County Championships (at Bury Farm) There is only one county qualifier per year that a school may attempt to qualify at.

Q: How can I compete at the National Schools Championships?
A: The top 2 teams & 2 individuals at any regional qualifier will qualify to compete at the Championships (at Addington) Schools may travel to any CHQ in the country in an attempt to qualify.

Q: How many National Championships are there?
A: The NSEA runs the following Championships:
1) Tha NSEA National Championships 2017 will be our 21st annual NSEA National Championship.
(Dressage, Show Jumping & Arena Eventing JwS) October. Go to CHAMPS pages.  (this is our flagship event held over four days and is one of the largest equestrian events in the country with up to 1000 competitors over the four day period)
2) County Championships (Dressage & Show Jumping) April. Go to COMPETITION pages and see County Champs in the menu.
The best team & individual at each county qualifer get to represent their schiool & county at the national finals at Bury Farm.
3) Eventers Challenge Championships. Go to Competition pages
Schools qualify to compete at the Eventers Challenge Championships at Hickstead in May.
4) Grass Roots Regional Championships. Go to Competition pages.
Grass Roots riders qualify to compete at regional finals.

Q: What is the difference between Eventers Challenge and Arena Eventing ? (also known as Jumping with Style)
A: There is no style mark in Eventers Challenge and you have to jump clear to win.
Arena Eventing (JwS) is the culmination of four marks- SJ penalties, XC penalties, time penalties and a style penalty mark. The winner is the rider with the fewest penalties overall.

Q: If I qualify as an individual for a championship (county, nationals, eventers challenge or plate) and my horse is injured, can I ride another?
A: No, sorry. It must be the horse / rider combination that qualified.

Q: How many points leagues are there?
A: Three. Go to Competition Pages.
Regional Points Leagues- every competition within a region (excluding Championships)
Eventing points Leagues (NSEA/BE series for individuals & NSEA Team Challenge for teams)