Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - The reining division qualifying procedures have been announced for the World Equestrian Games (WEG), scheduled for September 19-22. 2002 in Jerez, Spain.
Ten nations, comprised of four riders and four horses or three riders and three horses, will qualify to compete in the WEG.
Those teams will emerge following two preliminary events - CRIO Reggio Emilia (Italy) in May and CRIO Gladstone (USA) in June, 2002.
The five highest placing teams from Federation Equestre International (FEI) Groups I (Southern Europe, Israel), II (Northern Europe), III (Soviet Republic, Arab Countries) at CRIO Reggio Emilia (Italy) will qualify.
At CRIO Gladstone (USA) in June 2002, the two highest placing teams from FEI Group IV (North America, Caribbean) and the two highest placing teams from FEI Groups VIII (South Africa) and IX (Oceania -Japan, New Zealand, Australia etc), plus the highest placing team from FEI Groups V and VI (South America) will qualify.
If a qualified National Federation (NF) is unable to take part in the Games it will be replaced by the next highest placed team from the category in which it qualified. If there are no NFs eligible from the particular category, then the next highest placed team from Reggio Emilia become eligible followed by the next highest placed team from Gladstone's category that includes FEI Groups V and VI. If the quota is still not filled, then the next two highest placed individuals not already qualified from CRIO Reggio Emilia (ITA) and the next two highest placed individuals from CRIO Gladstone (USA) will be qualified.
Six individuals from NFs who have not qualified teams will also become eligible to compete in WEG 2002 as follows:
The NFs of the highest placed individuals from FEI Groups I, II, III and VII competing at the CRIO Reggio Emilia (ITA) in May 2002 from the NFs that have not qualified as teams.
The NFs of the three highest placed individuals from FEI Groups IV, V, VI, VIII and IX at CRIO Gladstone (USA) 2002 from NFs that have not qualified as teams.
In the event that a qualified NF is not able to send an individual, the NF of the next highest placed individual from the same qualification event will become eligible. NFs can send a maximum of two individuals.
Through this formula, a total of 46 horses and 46 riders will become qualified to compete in the reining division of the World Equestrian Games. It is the NFs of teams and individuals who become eligible to send teams and individuals to the WEG and not the actual riders who compete on the day of the qualifying event. Once an NF becomes eligible, it selects and enters its riders as it wishes. Eligible NFs must notify the FEI by August 1, 2002 of their nominated entries.
The reining competition at the WEG will feature a first round on September 19, then a seeded clean-slate finals featuring the top five teams and top five individuals not on teams on Sunday, September 22.