Guide to Showjumping

There are two sets of medals available for showjumping (or jumping as it is referred to at an Olympic Games and the World Equestrian Games) - individual and team. The main characteristics of jumping are speed, agility and accuracy of both the rider and the horse.

Penalties are awarded for a knock-down or refusal (4), per second over time (1), with two refusals or a fall resulting in elimination. 


The team competition is decided by the combined score of the three best placed riders (from a team of four), with the lowest combined score the winning team. 


All riders complete one round; those competitors with the same number of faults are placed equal. The competition counts for qualification to the individual final and decides the jumping order for the team competition. 


This takes place over two rounds, with only the top ten teams going through to the second round. A team's score is decided by taking the best three scores out of four. 


This also takes place over two rounds; it is not against the clock but does have a maximum time allowance, with jump-off for equally placed riders. Riders carry their previous scores forward with the best placed thirty-five competitors contesting the first round. The top twenty competitors go through to the final (with only three combinations per nation able to contest the Individual Final). 


The team competition is decided by the combined scores of the three best placed riders (from a team of four) in each of the team rounds. 


This class helps to determine the starting order for Round One of the Team competition. The competitor with the lowest number of points will be given zero penalties, with the remaining riders awarded penalties representing the difference in points between them and the leading rider. 


A two round competition (A&B), not against the clock, both individuals and teams start in reverse order of classification from the Speed competition. This round decides the fifty individual athletes and the top ten teams who will progress through to the second round. 


A two round competition, not against the clock, open to the top fifty individual athletes and the ten best placed teams from Round One. All participants carry their penalties forward from Round One and start in reverse order of final placing in the first round; the winning team is the one with the lowest combined penalty score from the three best scores from Rounds One and Two. If there is an equality of scores a jump-off is used to determine final team placings. 


A two round competition (A&B) contested by the top twenty-five riders (the combined score from Rounds One and Two) and is not against the clock.

Round A sees competitors compete in reverse order (based on penalties incurred in Rounds One and Two); Round B sees competitors start in reverse order of penalties awarded in Round A, as well as in Rounds One and Two. 

Individual placings are determined by adding together the penalties incurred in Round One, Round Two and Rounds A & B of the individual competition. The competitor with the lowest penalties wins; if there is an equality of scores a jump-off is used to determine final team placings.


Teams are made up of a maximum of four combinations per nation; the three best scores from the first competition and each round of the second competition count towards the team result. All four rounds count towards qualification for the ‘final four’ individual competition.

SPEED ROUND (first competition)

All competitors compete one round against the clock over a course of obstacles. The final scores following this round are converted into points, the athlete with the lowest number of points is given 0 penalties, with all athletes then given penalties dependent on the difference between points.

TEAM FINAL & Individual QUALIFYING (second competition)

All athletes compete an Individual / Team qualifying round before the top ten best teams and the top 60 placed athletes go forward to compete the second Individual qualifier / Team final. The team result is calculated by adding together the three best placed athlete scores after the first and second qualifying rounds.

INDIVIDUAL final (third competition)

The third competition is split into two rounds - round A and B. 

Round A sees the top 25 athletes (after the second competition) go forward to contest this final phase. Round B is open to the 12 best placed combinations, after Round A of the third competition. The combination with the lowest number of penalties after Round B is declared the winner. 


The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping series, jumping has hosted the longest running series having been started in 2004. In 2013 the format changed to divide the world into six regions for the purpose of qualifying teams for a world final.

Team GBR compete in the Europe region which is further divided in to Divisions 1 (competed at CSIO5* level) and Division 2 (competed at CSIO3*, 4* or 5* level). The other regions are; North and Central America & Caribbean, South America, Middle East, Asia/Australasia and Africa.

The Nations Cup jumping series host qualifiers throughout the season where points are won to be able to qualify teams for the world final. Up to 10 nations are permitted to compete at a Nations Cup.


Points can only be won at four of the competitions and every nation must declare which qualifiers will count as their points scoring competition before the start of the series. (GBR are permitted to compete at other Division 1 competitions, events in bold are the events which GBR are eligible to win points at). 

From To Event
26 April 29 April CSIO5* Samorin
17 May 20 May CSIO5* La Baule
31 May 3 June CSIO5* St Gallen
14 June 17 June CSIO5* Sopot
21 June 24 June CSIO5* Rotterdam
12 July 15 July CSIO5* Falsterbo
26 July 29 July CSIO5* Hickstead
8 August 10 August CSIO5* Dublin

Similarly with Division 2, only four competitions carry point scoring opportunities for each nation.  If a nation is qualified to compete in Division 1 they also have the opportunity to send teams to Division 2 events but do not pick up points. 


Visit the British Showjumping website for more information about the sport

Visit the FEI website for more information about the different disciplines and events