We were delighted to host Young Horse Performance Classes for 4 and 5 year olds and Arena Eventing on Sunday 4th June 2023 in the Womble Bond Dickinson Arena.


This years competition was organised by Northern Equine events – a big thank you to Katherine and her team, including judges Gill Barclay & Jade Thompson. 

Good luck to all those who qualified for the National Arena Eventing Championships 2023!
Mark Helm Equestrian Photography 


Kindly provided by Houghton Country.

Houghton Country is a specialist equestrian and country store based in the heart of the Tyne Valley just outside of Newcastle upon Tyne. Over 40 years in the industry, they have grown into the biggest equestrian and country store in the north east, and are amongst the largest in Britain, stocking a huge range of dominating brands including LeMieux, Ariat, Pikeur, Holland Cooper, Shires and Horseware. Their team of knowledgeable and friendly staff are always on hand to offer advice, and they are incredibly proud to have collected several awards over the years including SEIB Retailer of the Year and Internet Retailer of the Year.

Their store at Heddon-on-the-Wall is open Monday to Saturday 9-5, or shop online at https://www.houghtoncountry.co.uk/ for fast delivery or click & collect!




Young Horse Performance Classes

The two Young Horse Performance Classes are unaffiliated but are designed to help prepare young 4 and 5 year old horses for future competition.

Each horse will be required to show a series of movements in a freestyle dressage test, lasting no more than 2 mins 30 seconds prior to the jumping phase. This should include medium walk, working trot on left and right rein, some lengthened strides at trot, working canter on left and right rein (incorporating a 20m circle), and a halt. Competitors should then proceed direct to the jumping phase. After jumping please show a gallop and then leave the arena at free walk on a long rein.

The jumping test will consist of 7-8 show jumps including related distances, followed immediately by 7-8 cross country fences. 2 penalties will be deducted for a fence down and 4 penalties for a refusal.

Fence Heights:  80 cm for four year olds; 90cm for 5 year olds


Judged out of 50, marks will be given as follows:

20 – Paces (5 – walk, 5 – trot, 5 – canter, 5 – gallop)

10 – Show Jumping

10 – Cross Country

10 – Suitability


Arena Eventing

Each competitor will commence on a showjumping course of approximately 8 jumps, then proceed immediately onto a course of Arena XC fences. The course is timed from the start of the show jumps to the end of the XC fences and the winner will be clear within a non-disclosed optimum time. 


The classes will be:

70cm Arena Eventing

80cm Arena Eventing

90cm Arena Eventing