2018 Tryon World Games Minimum Eligibility Score Raised to 66% From 64% At Normandy

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Raising the minimum eligibility score for the 2018 World Games could put the Tryon International Equestrian Center out of reach for some riders..
Raising the minimum eligibility score for the 2018 World Games could put the Tryon International Equestrian Center out of reach for some riders..

Dec. 22, 2016

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

The minimum score required to compete at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina will be 66 per cent, up from 64 per cent at Normandy and last summer’s Olympics, as decided by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Dressage Committee this week.

The scores will have to be obtained from two competitions at CDI3* or above when qualifying begins Jan. 1, 2017 for the WEG scheduled for Sept. 10-23, 2018.

Each nation sets its own minimum but it cannot be below the minimum eligibility score set by the FEI.

The MES of 64 per cent has been in effect for several recent Olympics and world championships.

While direct comparisons are difficult to make, the impact of raising the minimum to 66 per cent could be significant.

Of the 100 combinations on the start list for the Grand Prix at the 2014 World Games in Normandy, 24 horse and rider pairs from 19 nations were scored below 66 per cent or above, one combination was eliminated and another retired.

Fourteen of the 24 pairs were below the 64 per cent minimum.

The minimum scores required to compete at WEG were attained before the championships.

Increasing the minimum score, some officials said, could have a contradictory effect on stated FEI policies–an overall improvement in performances on the one hand, but possibly making it more difficult to qualify by some smaller nations, dubbed by the FEI as “more flags” to broaden the appeal of dressage.