FEI Explains Substitute Rider in Place of Scratched Lars Petersen & Mariett

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Russia's Elena Sidneva and Romeo-Star. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Russia’s Elena Sidneva and Romeo-Star. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

April 16, 2014

The decision to award a place in the World Cup Final to Russia’s Elena Sidneva and Romeo-Star as a substitute for the scratched Lars Petersen and Mariett was made under a rule providing for International Equestrian Federation (FEI) starting places.

The FEI said Wednesday that a rule cited in a report by dressage-news.com limiting substitutions in the Central European and North American Leagues of the World Cup to fourth place in the rankings did not apply in this case.

The report stated that Elena and Romeo-Star were ranked seventh in Central Europe while Catherine Haddad-Staller of the United States and Mane Stream Hotmail were fourth in the North American League standings.

The two starting places provided for the North American League were filled by Tina Konyot and Calecto V and Cesar Parra and Van the Man, both of the United States.

Lars Petersen of Denmark who competed in the North American League had been awarded a FEI starting place–a so-called wildcard.

“According to the rules,” the FEI said, “there are two FEI starting places but this year, an additional one became available since the Central European League qualified only one rider on the basis of the League standings and not two as they are allowed by the rules. Wildcards are allocated at the discretion of the FEI on the basis of the applications received.”

The FEI said it had not been able to confirm the latest changes until written confirmtaions were received from the national federations involved and that did not occur until late Tuesday night.