Canada Publishes World Equestrian Games Dressage Selection Criteria

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OTTAWA, Ontario, Nov. 11, 2017–Canada has made public the criteria for selecting dressage riders to compete at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina in September.

The criteria posted on the Equestrian Canada web site sets out a two-stage process beginning Jan. 1 and running to Aug. 13 to select a team of three or four horse and rider combinations or individual pairs if the selection panel decides. The requirements:

1. Horse and rider combinations have to achieve the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) mandated minimum of 66 per cent in a Grand in a CDI3* or higher rated competition by a ground jury and two different 5* judges who, in this case, are not Canadians, and

2. Combinations must compete in a minimum of four Grand Prix and four Grand Prix Special classes, with at least one Grand Prix and one Special after May 1.

Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special scores attained by each athlete/horse combination throughout the qualification period will be used to calculate final ranking averages.

One qualifying Grand Prix and one qualifying Grand Prix Special score can be discarded from final ranking averages, but at at least one qualifying Grand Prix score and one qualifying Grand Prix Special score achieved after May 1 must still be included in the final ranking average.

The average of all qualifying Grand Prix scores earned during the internal qualification period will count for 60 per cent of the final ranking average while the average of all qualifying Grand Prix Special scores will count for 40 per cent–minus any discarded scores.

Combinations chosen by the selection panel plus named alternates will be required to attend a pre-WEG training camp, tentatively set for Sept. 1-10.

The selection panel comprises team manager Christine Peters, technical expert and former 4* judge Lorraine McDonald, team veterinarian Dr. Geoff Vernon, dressage committee representative Victoria Winter and athlete representative Denielle Gallagher-Legriffon.

Of the 19 CDIs in Canada and the United States scheduled so far that meet the selection critera, three are at home, all in Ontario in May, June and July.

The Games are scheduled for Sept. 10-23, with dressage Grand Prix team competition set for Sept. 12-13, Grand Prix Special individual competition Sept. 14 and Grand Prix Freestyle Sept. 16.

The official selection criteria is available here.