2013 Nations Cup Pilot Series Details

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Rules for the 2013 pilot of a Nations Cup series have been prepared by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) with the first event expected to be at Vidauban, France May 17-20 followed by Rotterdam and Aachen, Germany in late June and possibly other competitions.

The aim of the pilot is to “identify its attractiveness” for competition organizers, riders, national feerations, spectators and the media as well as potential sponsors. Complete details can be found here.

Many countries have not yet committed to the series, though the long-established Rotterdam and Aachen Nations Cups typically attract teams from several countries. Vidauban is a relatively new venue with a popular winter circuit but has not previously staged a CDIO.

A minimum of four teams need to participate at an event for it to qualify in the pilot.

The United States hopes that enough American riders will be available to compete at all three events as part of a reinvigorated effort to return to the top level of team sport.

“In case of a positive evaluation at the year-end of 2013 the pilot project may be transformed into a long-term official event series with the rules being further detailed according to the experiences made in the pilot year 2013,” the FEI said in a report prepared for the Sports Forum to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland next month.

The pilot project this year is open to any Nations Cups held outdoors anywhere in the world, except for the Global Dressage Festival’s CDIO3* in Wellington, Florida that includes small tour combinations.

For the pilot year, there is no intention to host a Nations Cup Final.

As not more than one CDIO can be held per season in the same country, the local national federation will select the Nations Cup.

So far, the FEI calendar lists Vidauban, Rotterdam and Aachen as the only CDIOs, plus Wellington that is not included.

An innovation for the Nations Cups designed to generate spectators is that organizers can chose either a Grand Prix or the Musical Freestyle for teams–a minimum of three combinations and a maximum of four with the three highest scores counting–to earn points toward the Nations Cup rankings. Nations Cups are typically decided at Grand Prix.

All riders must be on the year-end 2012 FEI World Ranking List and fulfill the minimum eligibility standards for a CDIO5*–basically two scores of 64 per cent at different CDI3* events.

For 2013, the points distribution will be greater for CDIO5* with 15 points for the winning team, 12 points in a CDIO4* and 10 points for a CDIO3* and similar differences for other placings.

Prize money for each Nations Cup must not be less than €20,000 (US$26,000) for the team at a CDIO5*, €15,000 (US$19,500) and €10,000 (US$13,000) for a CDIO3*, in addition to prize money for individual placings.