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Friday, January 19, 2018


Purpose of classification – An attempt to ensure fair competition. Riders compete in the grade appropriate to their classification. Any rider may ride in a higher grade if they wish. Please click here for Classification details on the provisonally oultined Para Points League.

A rider who is medically diagnosed as having a permanent impariment that can be measured objectively. There are 2 types of Classification - National (BEF) and International (FEI IPC ID cards)

FEI classification is available but not mandatory for British Showjumping membership. However, an FEI IPC ID card will always acrry more weight than any National Classification. You will need to contact Sport Team at the main British Showjumping office to arrange an International Classification or 02476 698812

We would advise you to contact BEF and follow the procedure below:


Felicty Towers the Classification coordinator at the BEF

T +44 (0) 2476 698871  I E


venue, time and expenses with your chosen profiler. Allowing 30 minutes per rider, to be no more than 6 riders per session


your chosen profiler a copy of your ‘Certificate of Diagnosis’ or riders BEF Enrolment form if you have one, before your classification is to take place.


your classification as arranged with your profiler. Ensuring YOU have completed a Consent Form before your appointment and brought it with you.


only necessary personnel are present during the session.

Rider, the Classifier, the observer and if requested by the rider a rider representative.


to hear in writing from BEF


  Useful Information about the National Classification process.

 In order to be classified, riders must be medically diagnosed as having a permanent impairment that can be measured objectively by a physiotherapist trained in the classification system.  The classification system can only test physical conditions.  

Classification takes place off the horse and indoors.  The Certificate of Diagnosis will need to be completed and taken with you to the classification appointment.  The rider is tested fully clothed but may be required to remove some outer clothing for parts of the tests.  The classifier will ask the rider to perform various tests some will relate to co-ordination, muscle testing and joint range.  The rider is given a chance to practice the movements for several trials and then for testing is asked to repeat the movements several times (slowly and then) as quickly as they are able.  The classifier will then mark on the profile form a mark for each test performed and from the tests conducted a profile and grade can be achieved.

Please be aware that there will be a charge for classification and this will be charged by the individual classifier and is between £30 - £45 payable at the time of the appointment.  After the classification has taken place the profile form is sent to the National Profiling Co-ordinator with a suggested profile and it is therefore not possible for the rider to be given the profile at the testing session.  Once the card has been checked the profile and grade is marked on the card and then forwarded to the BEF, who will write to the rider on the day they receive the information advising what their grade and profile has been confirmed as.  The nearest classifier to you may involve travelling as we don't have a classifier in all areas. 

Forms you will require:
Consent Form
Certificate of Diagnosis

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