“Prompt” Hearing Date To be Set for South American Olympic Individual Place

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Yvonne Losos de Muñiz and Liebling II. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar. 16–The International Equestrian Federation Tribunal will confer with the FEI and the Brazilian and Dominican Republic federations next week to set a path for a “prompt” decision over South Ameria’s individual combination for this summer’s Olympic Games.

At stake is the sole South American individual space at London.

The Dominican Republic’s Yvonne Loses de Muñiz and her horse, Liebling II finished second in the individual rankings behind Brazil’s Luíza Tavares de Almeida and Samba.

The Dominican Republic protested the results as three Brazilians were on several of the five-person ground juries at the competitions that were staged in Brazil to qualify a combination for the Olympics.

The rules state that scores can count from qualifying competitions “judged by five judges of whom at least three are foreign,” but the FEI Dressage Committee can provide “reasonable exceptions.”

The Brazilian federation has been formally joined in the case, the FEI said in response to questions from dressage-news.com.

The Tribunal will confer by telephone next week with both national federations and the FEI “when the Tribunal will issue directions for the rest of the case, including setting a prompt final hearing date if necessary.”

The case, it said, may not be concluded by the Mar.31 deadline for confirmtaion of the individual allocated places.

In addition to the individual combination from South America, Colombia has qualified a team and their riders are currently trying to attain the required minimum eligibility scores.

The official rules for qualifying an individual:

“Scores to count for the rankings

“At all CDI 3/4/5*, CDIO and CDI-W events, judged by five judges of whom at least three are foreign, the results may count (GP, GP Special, GP Freestyle).

“At Olympic Games, World Championships and Continental Championships on GP-level three results per rider/horse may count (GP, GP Special, GP Freestyle).

“N.B. No ranking points are given for consolation Grand Prix results.

“Fairness

“The FEI Dressage Committee has the right to accept reasonable exceptions to these rules, in the interest of the riders and the sport in general.

“The FEI Dressage Committee may decide not to include the scores obtained at an event in the rankigs, should the event not have been organized in accordance with the general principle of fairness. The Executive Board should confirm the decision of the Dressage Committee.”