Jumping is the best known – and probably most readily understood – of all the FEI disciplines and is one of the three Olympic equestrian sports, along with Dressage and Eventing. As in all equestrian disciplines, men and women compete on equal terms in Jumping in both individual and team events.
Jumping is a spectacular mix of courage, control and technical ability that takes horse and rider over 10 to 13 “knockable” obstacles, some of which may be double or treble combinations, with penalties incurred for each obstacle knocked down or refused. Jumping has also produced some of equestrian sport’s most memorable Olympic moments.
An example of this came in 1956 in Stockholm when Halla, still the only horse to have won three Olympic Jumping gold medals, threw her rider, Hans Günter Winkler, into the air after taking off for a fence too early. Winkler landed awkwardly back in the saddle, tearing a groin muscle in the process, but he knew that failure to continue in the competition would eliminate not only Halla and himself but the whole German team. He carried on valiantly despite being unable to give Halla direction, Halla completed the course without any faults, Germany won the team gold medal and Halla and Winkler the individual gold.
Winkler went on to become the only rider to win five Olympic Jumping gold medals, while household names associated with Jumping are Winkler’s fellow German multi-Olympic gold medallists Alwin Schöckemöhle and Ludger Beerbaum. Canada’s Ian Millar, meanwhile, equalled the record for the most Olympic appearances by any athlete in London in 2012, his tenth Olympic Games.
As 2022 draws to a close, we are pleased to bring to your attention the latest information on preparations for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The attached document contains detailed updates on:
- Paris 2024 Equestrian Delivery Entity: Appointment of GL Events Equestrian Sport
- Jumping Co-Course Designers for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
- Eventing Course Designer Pierre Le Goupil Paris 2024
- Competition schedule for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
- Eventing Horse Inspection
FEI RULES AND REGULATIONS
- Paris 2024 Olympic Games
- Paris 2024 Paralympic Games
QUALIFICATION OF NATIONS
- Qualification systems for Paris 2024 Olympic Games
- FEI Olympic Group Qualification Events (Jumping, Dressage, Eventing)
- Paris 2024 Paralympic Games - Para Dressage Qualification System
PARIS 2024 VENUE TESTING ACTIVITIES
Accreditation FOR HORSE OWNERS
We hope you find this information useful and take the opportunity to wish a very Happy and Merry Holiday Season!
With the growing demand for FEI wild card invitations and with changes made to the Jumping Rules for 2023 allowing an additional FEI invitation to an Athlete attempting to earn a Certificate of Capability for the Olympic Games, the FEI Jumping Department and Jumping Committee have reviewed the existing criteria for the allocation of FEI wild card invitations over the past year.
The updated version is available here and will come into force as of 1 January 2023.
Please share this document amongst the Jumping Organisers and Athletes.
For any questions please contact the Jumping Department.
The FEI Board held its monthly teleconference on 6 December. The main resolutions related to Jumping taken on this occasion are listed below.
ALLOCATION OF FEI NAMED SERIES, EVENTS AND FINALS
FEI Jumping Ponies Trophy 2023
The Board approved the allocation of the following legs for the FEI Jumping Ponies Trophy 2023:
Herning (DEN), 18-22 October 2023
Lyon (FRA), 1-5 November 2023
Stuttgart (GER), 15-19 November 2023
Salzburg (AUT), 6-10 December 2023
Mechelen (BEL), 26-30 December 2023
FEI Jumping Youth Nations Cup™ 2023
The Board approved the allocation of the following legs for the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Youth 2023:
Opglabbeek (BEL), 29 March-2 April 2023
Gorla Minore (ITA), 5-9 April 2023
Zduchovice (CZE), 19-23 April 2023
Compiegne (FRA), 27-30 April 2023
Lamprechtshausen (AUT), 3-7 May 2023
Samorin (SVK), 11-14 May 2023
Drammen (NOR), 27-30 May or 9-12 June 2023
Zuidwolde (NED), 30 May-4 June 2023
Hagen (GER), 13-18 June 2023
Dielsdorf-Zurich (SUI), 23-27 August 2023
Middle East Qualifier:
Sharjah (UAE), 3-5 February 2023
Opglabbeek (BEL) 13-17 September 2023
FEI Medical/Maternity Leave Provisions
The Board approved the modifications of the Jumping, Dressage, and Driving Ranking Rules regarding maternity leave. The minimum period for maternity leave was shortened from six months to three months. The maximum period of 12 months remained unchanged. Athletes will have the possibility to choose the initial length of their maternity period and the possibility to come back earlier or later than originally indicated, provided the minimum and maximum periods are respected.
The Board also approved the incorporation of medical and maternity leave provisions into the FEI Endurance and the FEI Para Dressage Ranking Rules.
Detailed explanations of these modifications is available in a dedicated press release published here.
The updated versions of the respective Ranking Rules have been published.
FEI Jumping Youth Nations Cup™ Rules 2023
The Board approved the rules of the FEI Jumping Youth Nations Cup™ Series 2023. They will be available here.
Paris 2024 OLYMPIC GAMES
Appointment of the Jumping Course Designer
The Board approved the joint appointment of Santiago Varela (ESP) and Gregory Bodo (FRA) as Co-Course Designers for the Jumping and Eventing Jumping Competitions of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.
Additional details on this appointment will be published in a dedicated press release here.
We are pleased to inform you that the FEI Secretary General has approved the FEI Calendar for 2023 for all disciplines. It can be consulted online in the FEI Database.
In accordance with the FEI General Regulations, Article 112 Official Calendar, National Federations (NFs) had until 1 October 2022 at the latest to send in applications and modifications to CIs taking place in 2023 to the Secretary General. The Secretary General approves the official Calendar for the following year.
Approval of the 5* Jumping Calendar for 2024 is scheduled for late November/early December 2022 but could be postponed should the FEI General Assembly in Cape Town (RSA) approve FEI’s proposal to change the deadline for receipt of applications for 5* to 1 May (the year before the Event takes place).
In addition, the Secretary General has extended the measure taken on 28 February 2022 to remove all international equestrian events in Russia and Belarus from the FEI Calendar. As a consequence, no FEI events will be accepted/entered in either country in the FEI Calendar for 2023.
The other measures approved by the FEI Executive Board in February remain in place, as follows:
Detailed information on the decision taken by the FEI Executive Board on 28 February is available here.
The Secretary General has also confirmed that the FEI Board’s Emergency Board Resolution of 2 March 2022 prohibiting all Russian and Belarusian Athletes, Horses and Officials from participating in FEI Events remains in place until further notice.
Should you have any questions, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The new and updated Draft Schedules 2023, to be used for all international events taking place next year, are now available on inside.FEI.org.
Below you will find the direct links to the schedules for each discipline as well as the relevant contact email should you require further information and/or assistance:
Click here for Jumping // Person in charge : email@example.com and/or kevin.Guttmann@fei.org
Click here for Dressage // Person in charge: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for Para Dressage // Person in charge: email@example.com
Click here for Eventing // Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for Vaulting // Person in charge: email@example.com
Click here for Driving // Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here for Endurance // Contact email: email@example.com
FEI Endurance World Championship 2022 – Re-opened Bid
See below a clarification to one of the bid criteria that was included in the FEI Update on 12 September 2022. Please kindly note that there was a typo in the original bid criteria where it was stated that the OC must have previously organised a CEI3* or a CEI2* 140. That criteria should have been written as follows:
NFs are kindly requested to inform their Endurance Organisers accordingly. As mentioned in the FEI Update of 12 September 2022, bids should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than Monday, 10 October 2022.
FEI Series 2023-2024 bid process opens
The FEI is pleased to announce that the bid process for the 2023/2024 season of the FEI series listed below will open on Tuesday, 27 September 2022.
All interested organisers and/or National Federations (Applicants) are invited to submit their applications via the FEI Bidding Platform, using the application form available in the platform for that purpose, until Friday, 21 October 2022.
The FEI series opened for applications are the following:
Please find here below an overview of the relevant dates concerning the present bid process.
We kindly ask all National Federations to share this information with the organisers. Should you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
In view of frequent questions concerning FEI Jumping Tack, Saddlery and Dress, the attached Guidelines have been created to help stakeholders better understand the Rules. The Guidelines are published on Inside.FEI.org, on the FEI Jumping Rules page.
It is a document to be used by Athletes, Officials as well as other stakeholders, and will be updated as necessary with any clarifications needed. The Guidelines are based on a non-exhaustive list of questions asked about the use of Equipment and Dress at FEI Jumping competitions.
The Guidelines are to be read in conjunction with the FEI Jumping Rules, current version. In case of any discrepancies, the Jumping Rules will prevail.
In addition, all items that are allowed are only allowed under the condition that they are used correctly and do not have a negative impact on horse welfare.
Please share these Guidelines amongst the Jumping Officials and Athletes. The most current version of the Guidelines will always be published on the relevant Rules pages linked above and the FEI Rules App.
For any questions please contact the FEI Jumping department.
Online consultations on the FEI Regulations for Equestrian Events at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Paris 2024 were conducted on 21 and 22 March.
Participants had the opportunity to discuss the Jumping, Dressage and Para Dressage Regulations in individual sessions as part of the wide-ranging Paris 2024 consultation process. The discussion on the Eventing Regulations will take place on 28 March.
The consultations are an opportunity for stakeholders to review and comment on the feedback that was received on the pre-competition and competition Regulations for each discipline.
This feedback was collected through an online questionnaire circulated to stakeholders on 7 December 2021, and the information was reviewed by Consultative Groups set up for each Olympic and Paralympic discipline.
The questionnaire was sent to athletes, officials and other Tokyo 2020 stakeholders, in addition to representatives of the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC), the International Jumping Officials Club (IJOC), the Jumping Owner’s Club (JOC), the International Dressage Riders Club (IDRC), the International Dressage Trainers Club (IDTC), the International Dressage Officials Club (IDOC), the International Eventing Officials Club (IEOC), FEI Regional Group Chairs, and the relevant FEI Technical Committees.
The information from the consultation sessions will now be consolidated and discussed by the relevant FEI Technical Committees before being put forward to the FEI Sports Forum for discussion on 25 April. The documents for discussion at the FEI Sports Forum, which will include the proposals of the Technical Committees, will be published in advance on the FEI Sports Forum Hub.
Key dates in the consultation process are as follows:
7 December 2021
Online questionnaire circulated to 302 Athletes; 51 National Federations; 35 Officials; 7 MOUs Stakeholders and 3 Discipline Managers. All of these stakeholders participated directly at Tokyo 2020 Olympic or Paralympic Games. The deadline for returning the questionnaire was 15 February 2022.
21 March 2022
Online Session - Paris 2024 Olympic Dressage Regulations
Online Session - Paris 2024 Paralympic Regulations
22 March 2022
Online Session - Paris 2024 Olympic Jumping Regulations
Online Session - Paris 2024 Olympic Eventing Regulations
FEI Sports Forum – Sessions dedicated to all the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Regulations.
Revised Regulations to be sent to National Federations for further feedback.
Proposed Olympic and Paralympic Regulations for Paris 2024 will be published, four weeks prior to the FEI General Assembly.
NFs and other stakeholders will have one last opportunity to comment on the Regulations during the Rules Session, which will take place the day before the General Assembly.
The regulations will be put to a vote at the FEI General Assembly and the documents will be submitted to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in 2023 for approval.
A special ceremony was held at the Dutch Masters in ‘s-Hertogenbosch to recognise Willem Luiten (NED), former President of the International Jumping Officials Club. Presented by, Stephan Ellenbruch (GER), Chairman of the FEI Jumping Committee, Glenn Maes (BEL), President of the International Jumping Officials Club (IJOC) and Laura van de Graaf (NED) IJOC Board Treasurer, the “IJOC Award” was given to Willem Luiten for his outstanding contribution to IJOC and equestrian sport more generally.
Willem Luiten has been involved in the sport of Jumping at many levels and for a long time, including but not limited to his management role in the Dutch National Federation, national and international judging, and breeding. He is also the proud father of Marten Luiten, the FEI Dressage European Young Riders Champion for two consecutive years.
Following his presidential election in IJOC in 2018, Willem focused on key areas for the development of the Club. The “President’s Blog” as he called it was his invention to develop communication with members. He further strengthened the position of the Club via the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the FEI, propelling the Club to a wider member network and increasing collaboration with the FEI to represent the interests of FEI Jumping Officials in the decision-making process.
Willem stepped down from his role in 2021 due to health reasons but is dedication and achievements will be long respected by all stakeholders in the world of equestrian sport.
In his statement, the current president of the IJOC, Glenn Maes, said: “It is with great respect that I can honour Willem for his career on behalf of the IJOC Board and the member officials of our club around the world. Years ago, Willem and I started our international judging careers together and since then I have highly respected Willem for his commitment and engagement for our sport and for the IJOC”.
Taking into account the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the FEI Jumping World Cup™ calendar 2021/2022 (2020/2021 for the South African League), the Board approved a number of by-laws for qualification for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2022. These had been established specifically for the Leagues and Sub-leagues in which all qualifiers had been cancelled. The FEI Jumping World Cup™ 2021/2022 Rules have been updated. You will find the key modifications outlined below:
Covid-19 By-Laws for Qualification for the 2022 Final approved on 17 February 2022:
Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the FEI Jumping World Cup™ calendar for 2021/2022 (2020/2021 for the South African League), the following By-Laws for qualification for the 2022 Final have been established for (Sub-) Leagues in which all qualifiers have been cancelled. These By-Laws may be further updated depending on the evolution of the situation in the various Leagues.
1. Leagues cancelled
For Leagues in which all qualifying Events for the 2021/2022 season (2020/2021 season for the South African League) are cancelled, the Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 of NFs included in the Leagues concerned will be used to determine the respective qualifications.
2. Sub-Leagues cancelled (Arab League)
For Sub-Leagues in which all qualifying Events for the 2021/2022 season are cancelled, the standings for each Sub-League (North African and Middle East) will be established taking into account all qualifying Events combined over the Sub-Leagues. Qualification for the 2022 Final will be determined using the final Sub-League standings.
FEI Jumping World Cup™ rules affected by the above Covid-19 By-Laws (Covid-19 By-Laws are indicated in italics)
Article 657 - QUALIFICATION FOR THE FEI WORLD CUP™ FINAL
1. Qualification per League
Qualified for the Final are:
1.1. Western Europe
Eighteen Western European Athletes with the highest total points in the Western European League.
1.2. North America
Athletes obtain FEI World Cup™ points for their country of citizenship, i.e. USA, Canada or Mexico, regardless of where they are domiciled in North America.
1.2.1. Seven USA Athletes from East USA (USEF AHSA Zones 1-7).
1.2.2. Three USA Athletes West USA (USEF AHSA Zones 8-12).
1.2.3. Two Canadian Athletes (the two Athletes with the most points).
1.2.4. Two Mexican Athletes (the two Athletes with the most points).
1.3. Extra Athletes
Any Athlete (extra Athlete) from another League, or who is a citizen of a nation not part of a League, domiciled in a country of the League in which he/she is participating, having gained at least as many points as the last qualified Athlete in that League (prior to substitution) is qualified for the Final in the League in which he/she has competed. For the North American League, an Athlete who is a citizen of a nation not part of the North American League or from another League, and who is domiciled in USEF Zones 1-7 or eastern Canada, respectively in USEF Zones 8-12, western Canada or Mexico, must obtain at least as many points as the last qualified East USA, respectively West USA, Athlete (prior to substitution) to qualify for the Final as an extra Athlete.
1.4. Qualification of Finalists from other Leagues
1.4.1 Number of Finalists from other Leagues
The number of finalists from other Leagues will be determined by the FEI Jumping Committee according to the overall standard of their own League.
1.4.2 South African League
The winner of the South African League will qualify for the Final of the following season, i.e. the League winner of the 2020/2021 season will qualify for the 2022 Final. The Horse(s) with which the qualified Athlete participates at the Final must have completed at least one FEI World Cup™ Competition in which the Athlete was eligible to earn points, as the nominated FEI World Cup™ Horse, during the season in which the Athlete qualified (refer to Art. 657.1.10).
N/A for qualification for the 2022 Final, in which case the following will apply:
The Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 (refer to rules on page 1) of NFs included in the League concerned will be used to determine the respective qualification.
1.5. Substitution of FEI World Cup™ qualified Athletes
In case not all qualified Athletes accept their qualification place for the Final, the following applies:
1.5.1 Western European
18 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 27th place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
1.5.2 North America
14 places, extra Athletes excluded, as follows:
• 7 USA Athletes - East USA (USEF Zones 1-7)
• 3 USA Athletes – West USA (USEF Zones 8-12)
• 2 CAN Athletes
• 2 MEX Athletes
Substitution in descending order of the final North American League standings, extra Athletes included.
1.5.3 Central Europe
3 places, extra Athletes excluded; substitution up to 4th place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
1.5.4 South America South (consists of ARG, BRA, CHI and URU)*
2 places, extra Athletes excluded; substitution up to 4th place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
2 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 3rd place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
1.5.6 Central America and Caribbean Islands, Japan, South America North (South America North consists of BOL, COL, ECU, PER + VEN)*, New Zealand, China, South East Asia, Central Asia and South Africa
1 place, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 2nd place in the final standings, extra Athletes included.
N/A for cancelled Leagues in the 2021/2022 season (2020/2021 season for the South African League), in which case the following will apply:
1 place, selected from the Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 (refer to rules on page 1) of NFs included in the League concerned, no substitution.
1.5.7 Arab League
184.108.40.206 Middle East Sub-League: 3 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 5th place in the final Sub-League standings, extra Athletes included.
220.127.116.11 North African Sub-League: 2 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 5th place in the final Sub-League standings, extra Athletes included.
N/A for the 2021/2022 season, for which the following will apply:
2 places, extra Athletes excluded, through the final North African Sub-League standings season 2021/2022, no substitution.
1 place, extra Athletes excluded, no substitution
1.5.9 Eurasian League:
3 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 2nd place in the final standings, extra Athletes included
Annex C – RULES FOR THE SOUTH EAST ASIAN LEAGUE
11. Qualification for the FEI World Cup™ Final
The number of Athletes qualified for the Final from the South East Asian League will be one through the Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 (refer to rules on page 1) of NFs included in the China League.
There will be substitution to second place in the South East Asian League Overall Standings.
Annex D – RULES FOR THE ARAB LEAGUE
12. Qualification for the FEI World Cup™ Final
The number of Athletes qualified for the Final from the Middle East Sub-League will be three; the number of Athletes qualified for the Final from the North African Sub-League will be two. There will be substitution to fifth place in the respective Middle East Sub-League overall Standings. There will be no substitution in the North African Sub-League overall Standings.
Annex G – RULES FOR THE CHINA LEAGUE
5. Qualification for the FEI World Cup™ Final
One Athlete from the China League (Chinese, Hong Kong or Chinese Taipei Athlete) will qualify for the FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final through the Athlete/Horse Combination Ranking 2021 (refer to rules on page 1) of NFs included in the China League.
There will be substitution to the second place in the China League standings (refer to Art. 618.104.22.168).
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