Dressage World Rankings Changes

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 17–Bonus points from major events will be added to the results of horse and rider combinations for the FEI World Rankings to make the premier competitions more attractive.

Changes to the rankings process, effective Jan. 1, 2011, and the creation of a new and shorter by two minutes Grand Prix Special solely for the Olympics were announced by the FEI following the General Assembly in Taipei earlier this month.

The new bonus points to count for rankings are:
Olympic Games – 40 points
World Championships – 30 points
Continental Championships at Grand Prix Level and World Cup Final – 20 points
World Cup Qualifiers, CDIO3* and CDI5* – 10 points.

Changes also were made for points for the Grand Prix Special and the Grand Prix Kür.

The new rankings rules with changes (marked in red) are available here: Dressage_World_Ranking_List_11_web

A new alternative shorter Grand Prix Special Test will be introduced on Jan. 1, 2011 for the 2012 Olympic Games.

A two-minute reduction from the current time of 6 min. 40 secs. is necessary to fulfill an International Olympic Committee requirement to keep the same time frame as in the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong and to allow a total of 32 horses (7 teams and 11 individuals) to take part in the competition.

The FEI said this format will not be used at other FEI Championships.

A number of proposed Grand Prix Specials will be tested involving riders, trainers, judges, officials, organizers and the Dressage Committee.

Depending on the test results, one will be selected, or it may be decided that more work has to be done before approving one of them.