Australian Selection Policy for 2018 World Equestrian Games Announced

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:01
Australian Dressage News

Equestrian Australia’s Dressage Selection Panel has finalised its selection policy for the 2018 World Equestrian Games to be held in Tryon, USA. The Chair of the Equestrian Australia Dressage Committee (EADC), Prue Spurrett, welcomed the policy.

Australia aims to select a team of four combinations for the 2018 World Equestrian Games. 

“The EADC congratulates the National Selectors on bringing the new Selection Policy to fruition, after a long consultation with all players," said Spurrett. "The targets for WEG are in line with FEI policy, but  we know our own FEI riders are treating the 2018 WEG criteria of 69% as a base line, and already consolidating performances above that mark."

"The EADC believes that the next 12 months will be a time of personal bests in our sport and priority is now on the delivery. Good Luck to all our riders in achieving their goals in this quadrennial leading into Tokyo 2020,” said Spurrett.

The Australian 2018 WEG dressage selection panel comprises Maryjane Crabtree (chair), Jan Smith and Connie Bookless.

Combinations eligible for selection for WEG 2018 will have been named in the EA High Performance Squads as determined during 2017. They must have met a threshold standard achieved at competitions meeting the requirements set out, respectively, for combinations based in Australia, Europe, and North America

Preliminary Selection Period

The Preliminary Selection Period for combinations based in Australia and Europe is from 1 July 2017 to 30 April 2018. Scores from the Grand Prix test at a minimum of three (3) CDI*** and above events will be considered, with at least one (1) of the scores to have been achieved in 2018. To be eligible for consideration combinations must have achieved 69% or above at two (2) or more such competitions in this period.

The Preliminary Selection Period for combinations based in North America is from 1 July 2017 to 31 March 2018.

Nominated Events

The DSP will consider the results, of combinations which have expressed interest, from nominated shows in Australia, Europe and North America. Combinations will be required to compete at a minimum of three (3) shows with the highest three (3) scores from the Grand Prix test to count. The DSP reserves the right, if necessary and in consultation with the National Training Adviser, to add shows which meet the appropriate standards. At this stage and subject to confirmation of 2018 dates and acceptance by the relevant Organising Committees, the shows will be:

  • Tryon, USA - 20 - 23 April 2018, 3*
  • Sydney, Australia - 3 - 5 May 2018, 3*
  • Compiegne, France - 17 - 20 May 2018, 5*
  • Roosendaal, Holland - 30 May - 3 June 2018, 3*
  • Wiesbaden, Germany - 1 - 3 June 2018, 5*
  • Werribee, Australia - 8 - 10 June 2018, CDI-W
  • Boneo, Australia - 14 - 16 June 2018, TBC
  • Fritzens, Austria - 29 June - 1 July 2018, 4*
  • Cappeln, Germany - 13 - 16 July 2018, 3*

Athletes unable to compete at events, trials, training camps or other attendances required under this policy must advise the High Performance Director, Chef d’Equipe and National Training Adviser of this fact, and the reasons, in writing, before the commencement of the activity or as soon as practicable. Notwithstanding the above, and given that athletes have the option to attend several events, three (3) performances at the Nominated Events must be achieved.

Athletes eligible for WEG selection must:

  • Be willing to make their horse(s) available for examination at a time and location reasonably requested by the Team Veterinarian, or a Veterinarian nominated by the Team Vet, High Performance Director, Chef d’Equipe or National Training Adviser and accept and implement the reasonable recommendations of the Team Veterinarian. This may also be in consultation with the athlete's own veterinarian.
  • Not have used or administered any substance that, if it had been detected as being present in the Athlete’s body tissue or fluids, would have constituted Doping as defined in the EA Anti-Doping Policy.

  • Not have used or administered any substance that, if it had been detected during a dope test, would have constituted Doping as defined by the EA Equine Anti-Doping Policy.

Combinations to be selected for the WEG 2018 Team will be identified by the DSP in its sole and absolute discretion to achieve the best possible result at WEG 2018. 

Read the complete selection policy here. 

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