Dressage Intermediate II Restored by FEI, New Intermediate A & B Stay

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec. 20–The Intermediate II, slightly updated, has been restored by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) effective Jan. 1 and the totally new Intermediate A and B Medium Tour tests will remain.

The new Intermediate II test was posted on the FEI web site Friday after the Dressage Committee reversed itself on Wednesday and reinstituted the revised version at the request of some national federations.

The FEI notified national federations of the change Thursday, 2 1/2 months after announcing the Int. II was being dropped in favor of new A and B Medium Tour versions.

The United States was among the nations seeking its reinstatement. The Int. II had already been used by some riders to qualify for U.S. Dressage Federation regional championships and the organization, along with the U.S. Equestrian Fderation, the national governing body, had weighed whether to continue to use the test for national competitions to qualify for both regaional and national championships.

The USDF and the U.S. Equestrian Federational, the governing body of the sport in America, are expected to announce a decision on the use of the Int. II following the latest FEI Dressage Committee moved.

The result of the latest FEI decision means that the senior division on Jan 1, 2014 will include the Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Special, Int. II, Int. A, Int. B, Int. I and Prix St. Georges. The Grand Prix Freestyle is created by the rider from movements prescribed at the Grand Prix level.

The 2014 Int. II can be found here: Inter_II_2014