All affiliated British Riding Clubs are allocated an Area when they join and become an official club – Alvechurch is Area 5 which is classed as Midlands. This is a level above Mercian Teams and is for those horse and riders at an established level of competition.
Dressage & Dressage to Music is from Prelim to Medium level
Jumping; Show Jumping, Combined Training, Hunter Trials and Eventing is from 80cm – 1M+
A number of members have competed at Area for others clubs before we affiliated and some have qualified for Nationals – so it is achievable and a great opportunity.
Area competitions are at two level
These are competitions to qualify the riding club team or individual for the National Championships in that discipline.
- Dressage – Novice and Intermediate Levels
- Dressage to Music
- Show Jumping
- Show and Style Jumping
Dressage and Show Jumping have both Summer and Winter Championships. Only two teams from each area qualify for the National Championships at each qualifying event.
All qualifiers are also at two age brackets with Juniors (up to 18yrs of age Jan 1st ) and Seniors (18yrs and above)
There are many rules and regulations surrounding competing at Area level which are there to protect horse and rider and ensure a level playing field. These can all be found in the BRC Hand book.
The two main requirement s are surrounding your riding hat and the level of protection it offers you. It must meet the new guidelines for this year and it must be tagged at an Area event in order for you to be able to compete – this tagging is required annually.
The other is the vaccination of your horse which must be up to date and supplied to the Area for them to hold on file. Any horse which is not adequately vaccinated will not be able to compete.
Area 5 also runs points competitions across the year where riders and clubs can gain points towards rosettes and prizes at the annual Area Awards night held in December.
Please see the schedule below for the Area 5 dates. We will look to support teams and individuals in as many events as possible this year. These dates do not include the National Championships.