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The FEI buries the World Equestrian Games’ famous final of four with horse rotation

Friday, 02 December 2016
Sport

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson No more horse rotation: 2014 World Champion Jeroen Dubbeldam on Patrice Delaveau's ride Orient Express HDC in the famous final-four. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Without even dropping a line in their own news section on the subject, the FEI has updated their ‘Rules for the Jumping Championships and Games’ burying the World Equestrian Games’ famous final of four that included horse rotation between the riders.

While the FEI has been busy keeping focus on the Olympic format changes that were voted through at their General Assembly in Tokyo on the 22nd of November, the wipe-out of the final of four – also on the agenda as National Federations met with FEI in the Japanese capital – has gone by in far more silence.

Although no word has come out on the FEI's website on the drastic changes, the rules have been completely altered to transform the jumping format at the World Equestrian Games from start to finish:

There will no longer be a first round, instead the jumping at the World Equestrian Games will start right off with the team competition. This will be conducted over two rounds run over two days. Riders and horses declared for the team and individual championships are qualified to take part in the first round, while the second round is open only to the ten best teams after the first round and those teams with equality of penalties for tenth place as well as the 60 best athletes according to their classification following the first round of the team competition.

After the medals have been awarded to the teams, there will be a rest day leading up to the individual competition conducted over two different successive courses.

The first part of the individual competition, referred to as ‘Round A’ in the rules, is compulsory for the 25 best placed riders and horses according to their cumulative penalties from the first and second round of the team competition.

The second part of the individual competition, referred to as ‘Round B’ in the rules, is open to the twelve best placed riders and horses according to the cumulative penalties over the first and second round of the team competition and round A of the individual competition.

The rider and horse who has the lowest total penalties over all the rounds will be declared World Champion. However, in the event of equality of penalties for the first place in the overall classification there will be a jump-off. Riders with equal penalties for any other placing will be placed according to their combined times in rounds A and B of the individual competition.

The new format will be used at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018, as the updates in the rules are effective from 1st of January 2017.

World of Showjumping reached out to the FEI early Friday morning for a comment on the rule changes, but has not received any feedback on the matter.

To view all the changes done in the rules, click in here.

 

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