Classic Series Qualifications

Preliminary Three-Day Event (P3D): Open to competitors beginning the calendar year of their 14th birthday, on horses five years of age or older. Both the competitor and the horse, though not necessarily as a combination, must have obtained an NQR at three horse trials at the Preliminary level or higher, plus an additional NQR at the Preliminary level or higher with no more than 20 jumping penalties at obstacles on the cross-country test.

Training Three-Day Event (T3D): Open to competitors of any age, on horses four years of age or older. Both the competitor and the horse must have obtained NQR’s at four horse trials at the Training level or higher, one of which must be attained as a combination. A competitor established at the Preliminary level may compete on a horse which has obtained 2 NQR’s at the Training level or higher.

Novice Classic Three-day Event (N3D): Open to competitors of any age, on horses four years of age or older. The competitor and horse must complete four horse trials at the Novice level or higher. Three must meet the national MERs; one may have no more than 20 jump penalties on cross-country. Two of the qualifying horse trials must be completed as a combination (same horse and rider.) All qualifying competitions must be completed within 24 months of the start of the competition. The final qualifier must be completed within 10 days of the start of cross-country.

Beginner Novice Classic Three-day Event (BN3D): Open to competitors of any age, on horses four years of age or older. The competitor and horse must complete four horse trials at the Beginner Novice level or higher. Three must meet the national MERs; one may have no more than 20 jump penalties on cross-country. Two of the qualifying horse trials must be completed as a combination (same horse and rider.) All qualifying competitions must be completed within 24 months of the start of the competition. The final qualifier must be completed within 10 days of the start of cross-country.

MER (minimum eligibility requirement: Dressage – no more than 50 penalty points; Cross-country – no jumping penalties and not more than 36-time penalties; Show Jumping – no more than 16 jump penalties.

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