Tokyo Olympic Deadline for Dressage Minimum Eligibility Required Score Extended by Year to June 2021

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March 28, 2020

The deadline for rider and horse combinations to earn the minimum eligibility scores required for the Tokyo Olympics has been extended to June 21, 2021 because the Games were delayed for a year by Covid-19. The list of shows for the extended qualifying period will be announced by the International Equestrian Federation in December.

Combinations that have achieved the required two scores of 66% from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019 will have to acquire an additional qualifying result, called a “confirmation result,” the FEI said in announcing the extension of the deadline for the Olympics re-set for July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021. Dressage is scheduled for the last week of July.

The minimum eligibility required score is 66% and must be attributed twice to the combination by both a 5* star judge and as an average from all judges in the Grand Prix at two different CDI3*/CDI4*/CDI5*/CDI-W/CDIO events. The two 5* judges must be of a nationality other than of the Athlete.

The changes in deadlines and requirements as a result of the delayed Olympics are:

–An athlete/horse combination that has achieved the MER during the period Jan. 1, 2019 to Dec. 31 must achieve an additional confirming result–the “Confirmation Result”–during the period Jan. 1 2020 through June 21, 2021;

–A combination that has achieved the MER during the period Jan. 1 2020 through June 21 2021 does not need to achieve a Confirmation Result;

–A combination that has achieved a partial MER during from Jan. 1 2019 to Dec. 31 2019 must complete their MER by the deadline of June 21, 2021 but will not need to achieve a Confirmation Result, and

–A combination that has not achieved any MER, either full or partial, by Dec. 31, 2019 must achieve their MER by the June 21, 2021 deadline. No Confirmation Result will be required.

The FEI announced earlier that all of the 60 places for teams and individuals that have been filled in competitions beginning in 2018 will remain unchanged.

The 15 nations that have qualified teams each of three combinations are: Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United States.

Individuals have qualified for Belarus, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Dominican Republic, Finland, South Korea, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine.