(a) HORSE TRIALS - Grades range from Grade 1, to Grade 5. Combinations are graded according to their level of safety and competence in dressage, cross country and show jumping.
(b) SHOW JUMPING (other than in Horse Trials) grades are PA, PB, PC, PD, PE and PF. The combination needs to be competent enough to negotiate second and third rounds over obstacles with increased heights and spreads. NOTE: There that the dimensions for Pony Club Show Jumping differ from those in the Horse Trials Show Jumping phase.
(c) DRESSAGE GRADES (other than for Horse Trials) are known as Stage 1, Stage 2,Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5.It is often wrongly assumed that no harm is done if a combination is over-faced (i.e.graded higher than their true competency level) in Dressage. However, it is in the dressage arena that we see riders losing patience and sometimes tempers, with the horses nervously anticipating nothing but trouble when the combination is attempting a Test beyond their capability. Refer to the Dressage rule book for further information.
(d) COMBINED TRAINING GRADES are Grade 1, to Grade 5. Combinations are graded according to their competence and safety in dressage and show jumping. It should be noted that there is no relationship between the heights and spreads in the Show Jumping phase of Horse Trials and those in Pony Club Graded Show Jumping.