New Olympic Rule: Three Riders Per Team and One Reserve

At the FEI Dressage Committee meeting in London, May 20-22, 2005, the Committee has agreed to the recommend to the FEI Executive Board a new formula for Olympic dressage, which states that there will only be three riders per dressage team and one reserve combination.

The May FEI Dressage Committee meeting in London was a very important one as it determined the future of dressage at Olympic level. On request of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the dressage team competition had to incorporate more countries if it wanted to secure its Olympic status for the future. The resolve the issue the FEI, therefore, reduced the amount of team members from four to three per country.

Concerning team competition, the old rule stated that for the Olympics the traveling (fifth) reserve combination had to be declared one hour before the vet check and could no longer become a part of the team after the jog. The new rule, which has been accepted at the Meeting, allows a fourth (reserve) horse to travel to the Olympics and be vet checked along with the three team horses. In case one of the three team horses gets ill or injured before the Grand Prix the reserve horse can be instated.

At the meeting, it has also been decided that the 2005 European Championships will take place in Moscow, despite organizational problems in Russia. Judge Markowksi returned from his field trip to Moscow with a complete report on the current state of the show grounds, the 1980 Olympic Games' venue, which have been seriously refurbised and are in good condition.

The committee could not agree on the location of the 2006 World Cup Dressage Final. Goteborg (SWE), ‘s Hertogenbosch (NED) and Amsterdam (NED) are in the running to host the final in 2006. A combined World Cup final Show Jumping and Dressage will most likely take place again in Las Vegas in 2007.

by Astrid Appels of Eurodressage

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