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
220.127.116.11 Middle East Sub-League: 3 places, extra Athletes excluded, substitution up to 5th place in the final Sub-League standings, extra Athletes included.
18.104.22.168 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. 622.214.171.124).
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The survey launches today and will be open until Monday 14 February 2022. We encourage everyone to take part in this survey, which should take no more than 10 minutes, and thank you in advance for your time.
The entire showjumping community has been devastated by the current linked outbreaks in Spain of the neurological form of EHV-1 that has impacted horses in 10 countries in mainland Europe. Through the hard work and dedication of many in our community, progress is clearly being made towards bringing the immediate situation under control. However, many riders and owners are facing severe financial hardship due to the costs of emergency veterinary treatment for their horses during the crisis.
In order to provide support for those affected by these unforeseen and, in many cases, very substantial expenses, the EHV Relief Fund has been established. The brainchild of showjumping athletes Emile Hendrix, Peter Charles and Frederick Goltz, the Fund has the support of the FEI, European Equestrian Federation, International Jumping Riders Club, Jumping Owners Club and Equestrian Organisers. In addition, Riders Help Riders, the fundraising campaign set up by German event organiser and sports marketer Axel Milkau, has joined forces with the Fund. Collectively, this group have set themselves up as the Sponsors of the Fund.
The mandate of the Fund is to provide financial support to riders and owners for the legitimate veterinary expenses resulting directly from the EHV-1 outbreaks in Spain. All proceeds raised by the Fund will be applied to this mission. Any administrative or other costs of the Fund will be borne by the Sponsors.
Guidelines for the submission of funding requests will be published in due course, but the basic principle will be to:
The Sponsors have created an oversight committee to manage distribution of the funds based on this mandate. The Sponsors are committed to full transparency and the accounts of the Fund will be published when it is wound-up.
“Despite these desperately distressing times, it has been heartwarming to see in practice what we all know to be true: that in our sport, the welfare of the horse comes first, no matter the circumstance”, Frederick Goltz said. “As part of that special community ethos, we would hope that the broader showjumping community will help to bear some of the costs, particularly in an environment made all the more difficult by Covid-19.”
A total of €250,000 has already been pledged to the Fund, including monies committed by the Sponsors, other donors, and the very successful fundraising effort already undertaken by the Riders Help Riders team.
“Thank you to those who have already joined our effort and we very much hope that everyone in the showjumping community will consider helping as much as they are able”, Peter Charles said.
Questions about the Fund can be addressed to EHVRelief@FEI.org
Donations can be paid directly to the dedicated bank account that has been set up through the FEI:
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise, Place St-François 14, 1003 Lausanne - Switzerland
Account holder: Federation Equestre Internationale, IBAN: CH72 0076 7000 E536 6418 5, Account: E 5366.41.85 EUR, BIC/Swift: BCVLCH2LXXX
Sponsors: Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI); European Equestrian Federation (EEF); International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC); Jumping Owners Club (JOC); Equestrian Organisers (EO); Riders Help Riders; Emile Hendrix; Peter Charles; Frederick Goltz.
The FEI Board has approved four recommendations from the FEI Jumping Calendar Task Force to allow greater flexibility around Date Clash Rules, Calendar Applications, Date Change Applications due to EHV-1, as well as new dates for the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses 2021, Lanaken (BEL).
These Calendar measures seek to mitigate the negative effects of Covid-19 and EHV-1, and in particular to allow as many Events as possible to take place leading up to Tokyo 2020. They will provide Athletes more opportunities to compete to obtain the Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MERs) and Confirmation Results, and to train for the Olympic Games as well as for other Championships, while for Organisers, these measures provide more flexibility to re-schedule their cancelled or postponed Events.
The FEI Jumping Calendar measures approved by the FEI Board today are:
A communication is also being sent to FEI Jumping Athletes informing them of changes to the deadlines for calendar applications as well as Jumping Events that have been added or moved in the FEI Calendar today.
And lastly, we would like to also highlight that the FEI will be announcing Calendar Measures for the other disciplines in the coming days, following input from each of the dedicated Calendar Task Forces.
Information on date clash between the CSI5*-W Helsinki (FIN) and CSI5* GCT/GCL Shanghai (CHN)
Due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the FEI Calendar and in the interest of the sport, the FEI has agreed to the date clash between the CSI5*-W Helsinki (FIN) and CSI5* GCT/GCL Shanghai (CHN). Both Organisers have agreed that any NF will be entitled to select and enter any Athlete for the CSI5*-W Helsinki (FIN) without any consequences or sanction from GCT/GCL against Athletes that are members of a GCL Team and that this should not be regarded as a breach of any contractual obligation between the Athlete and GCT/GCL and/or Team owner.
Furthermore, neither Event will make a special effort to attract Athletes from each other, while being aware that the choice ultimately rests with the Athletes and the National Federations. Chefs d’équipe and national selectors, together with the IJRC, will be requested to cooperate to attract top Athletes to both Events. The FEI will work with NFs and the IJRC to attract top athletes to both events.
The FEI Education & Officials Department have recently published explainer videos for the major FEI Jumping 2021 Rule changes.
These videos are mainly aimed at Officials and Athletes who are required to be up-to-date with the different rules. For the wider audience these videos will serve a rather informative purpose, providing a deeper understanding of our sport. The goal of these short videos is to highlight the most impactful rule changes and their rationale in each discipline, as well as more general regulations including the Equine Anti-Doping Controlled Medication Regulations and the Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes which underwent a full review in 2020.
Here are the direct links to the below listed videos on FEI Campus by clicking on the relevant name:
Following discussions between the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and the World Equestrian Center (WEC), which are still ongoing, an interim agreement has been reached that will allow the Ocala Winter Spectacular to go ahead from 6 January 2021.
As a result of the agreement, the USEF has withdrawn its request to the FEI to apply the Unsanctioned Event rule against Ocala. The request has been acknowledged by the FEI Executive Board and the FEI confirms that it will not apply the Unsanctioned Event provisions against Athletes, Horses or Officials that participate in Ocala during the 12-week Winter Spectacular.
Together with the USEF, the FEI will look at potential alternative plans for the US leg of the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ in 2021, as the CSIO5* scheduled to run at the WEC from 16-21 March 2021 will now not take place.
The FEI Board’s decision on 24 September 2020 to suspend the United Arab Emirates National Federation for breaches of FEI Rules has resulted in a number of enquiries.
In order to provide clarity to our community, we have created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) portal that provides guidance on the many practical consequences, not only for the UAE NF, but for other NFs, their Athletes, Owners, Trainers, Officials and Organisers. The FAQs also include an explanation on the status of UAE NF events as Unsanctioned Events.
The FEI Jumping Consultation Round Table took place on 4 and 5 June 2019 in Lausanne (SUI). Its executive summary is now available here.