World Cup Format To Be Reviewed

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Mar. 28, 2017

Revising  the format to qualify for the World Cup Final that currently has three sets of rules for different geographic regions will be looked into by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Dressage Committee.

The dressage committee at its last meeting decided: “Harmonizing FEI World Cup qualifying system across the leagues… to be looked into when the World Cup rules were revised the next time.”

The Western European League and the Central European League follow almost identical formats of assigning points for placings for the best four results from a maximum of six World Cup competitions. WEL gets nine places and CEL two spots.

The North American League covering Canada, the United States and Mexico decides its two assigned places by the average of the top two scores at World Cup events.

The Pacific/Asia League that has so far seen participation only by Australia and New Zealand selects its sole representative at a league final participation in which can be by CDI3*s as well as World Cup events.

The defending champion is automatically given a start by competing in two events.

The three other places are for non-league combinations and a home athlete.


Until recently, the North American League committee of Canadian and U.S. federations resisted a change but is considered willing to consider a change more in line with Europe but with provision to require fewer competitions because of distance and lack of World Cup events on the West Coast.

Further, riders resident in one league can compete in other leagues but earn only one full complement of points and one at half the number of points earned.