Four Olympic Medals to Be Awarded if Four Combinations Compete In Team Grand Prix & Special–FEI

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Feb. 9, 2017–The FEI–the International Equestrian Federation–has clarified that nations that swap out one of three Grand Prix combinations to compete in the Grand Prix Special will be awarded four medals if the team is one of three to make it to the podium.

The clarification came from an FEI spokesperson in response to questions from dressage-news.com which had questioned some national federations about the allocation of medals when the teams for dressage, eventing and jumping are cut to three at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Teams at Rio de Janeiro last summer comprised four combinations with the top three results counting.

Dressage at Tokyo will be decided by the Grand Prix and the Grand Prix Special.

Although only three combinations will perform, nations can swap out one of the team pairs to compete in the Grand Prix Special.

“The proposal to the IOC (International Olympic Committee) is that all horses that contribute to the medals will receive medals,” a FEI spokesperson said.

“So in simple terms, each one of the horses that step into the field of play would be awarded medals.”