Combined Training

Two disciplines, one championship! The Red Gorilla® Combined Training series offers a unique opportunity to fine-tune your dressage and showjumping skills.

How to qualify

There are seven classes to choose from, which start at Introductory and go through to Elementary, with the relevant show jumping height attached to each class. To qualify for the Red Gorilla Combined Training Championship, simply place in the top two in any class, at any qualifier. If the top two have already qualified, it will be passed down to the next eligible competitor. 

Need to know:

  • Introductory classes are eligible to combinations who've not competed at Elementary or above.
  • Preliminary and Novice are eligible to combinations who've not competed at Medium or above.
  • The Elementary class is eligible to any combination at any level/eligibility no matter of their previous competition record.

Tests and showjumping heights

BD test Showjumping maximum height
Intro B (2009) 60cm
Prelim 2 (2016) 70cm
Prelim 18 (2002) 80cm
Novice 24 (2010) 80cm
Novice 34 (2009) 90cm
Elementary 42 (2008) 80cm
Elementary 50 90cm

2024 Qualifier dates and entries

Venue Location Date
Northallerton Equestrian Centre Northumberland 20 January
Moreton Equestrian Centre Dorset 27 January
Brook Farm Training Centre Essex 3 February
Holmside Hall Equestrian Durham 11 February
Scottish National Equestrian Centre West Lothian 18 February
Willow Banks Equestrian Centre Lincolnshire 3 March
Bury Farm Equestrian Village Buckinghamshire 2 March
West Wilts Equestrian Centre Wiltshire 3 March
Golden Cross Equestrian Centre East Sussex 3 March
Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre Warwickshire 9 March
Colraine Equestrian Centre Cornwall 9 March
Alnwick Ford Equestrian Centre Northumberland 10 March
Solihull Equestrian Centre West Midlands 16 March
Ponderosa Equestrian Centre Newport 17 March
Kelsall Hill Cheshire 23 March
Chard Equestrian Centre Somerset 23 March
Allens Hill Competition Centre Worcestershire 23 March
Wellington Riding Hampshire 23 March
Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre Warwickshire 27 – 28 April

Need to know:

  • The same horse must compete in both phases and may not compete in more than two classes on the same day.
  • The dressage phase is run under British Dressage rules, as well as competitor dress and tack and equipment. No whips are allowed in the dressage phase at the championships.
  • The show jumping phase is run under British Showjumping rules, is timed accordingly as well as competitor dress and tack and equipment. Whips are permitted in this phase at the championships. 
  • The course will consist of eight to twelve fences.
  • Any faults that occur will be deducted from the marks awarded in the dressage phase. The winner is the combination with the highest score.

Want to find out more? Check out our member's handbook for all of the rules.


How to get started

In issue 8 of the BD magazine, read our fascinating feature on how to get started in Combined Training with multi-discipline superstar Louise Bell. It's full of great tips on how to introduce your horse to poles and fences, what to get right and how to deal with common issues in the early stages. We've also got some handy videos on our YouTube channel showing how to accurately measure your distances when practicing at home, watch them below!



Combinations may hold a minimum of an BD Community Membership and Horse Registration and compete on a Class Ticket. Please note that for the Championships, all horses and riders must upgrade to a minimum of a Club Membership and Club Horse Registration.