2018 Individual Rider Selection Criteria
The invitations to individual riders will be based on the following order:
a) At least five riders from the top 30 of the Longines Jumping Rankings published on the 30th of June 2018 (No. 210) will be invited to compete as individuals.
i. In line with the rules of the FEI Nations CupTM Series, these riders will be selected from the Longines Ranking at the time of nominated entries in descending order until 30th position.
ii. If the Committee cannot fill the quota of five riders from point ‘a’ above, it may invite the international rider(s) of its choice (see point ‘e’ below).
iii. If there are any remaining unallocated spaces from point’s i. and ii. above, they may be added to the number of invitations allocated based on the Longines Jumping Rankings (see point ‘b’ below).
b) Six invitations will be issued to Irish riders based on the Longines Jumping Rankings published on the 30th of June 2018 (No. 210).
i. The top six Irish riders in the Longines Jumping Rankings published on the 30th of June 2018 (No. 210) will be invited to compete as individual riders in the CSIO. Should any of these riders be unable to accept their invitation or be selected to compete on the Irish team, or have qualified under ‘a’, ‘c’ or ‘d’ above, that invitation will go to the next highest ranked Irish rider.
ii. Riders may bring an additional horse to compete in the Puissance only.
iii. If additional invitations become available from points ‘a’, ‘c’ or ‘d’, they may be issued to the next highest ranked Irish rider on the Longines Jumping Rankings. (The number of invitations issued will not exceed the total number of riders specified under points ‘a’ to ‘d’).
c) Two invitations will be issued to Irish-based riders who compete outside of Ireland in 2* Grand Prix or ranking classes at 3* shows or above, between the 1st of February and the 30th of June 2018, and meet the extended criteria as per point’s i., ii. and iii below.
i. The two riders invited to compete as Individual riders in the CSIO will be determined based on Longines Jumping Ranking Points earned, from their top eight results, for the period 1st of February to the 30th of June 2018. In the event of an equality of points the rider that earned the most ranking points, at the highest level of competition, in the period 1st of February to the 30th of June 2018 will receive the invitation. Riders may bring an additional horse to compete in the Puissance only.
ii. Riders may compete with a maximum of two horses. The riders must have been placed in the top ten in a minimum of one ‘New Heights Champions Series’ show in the current year.
iii. Riders must be resident, and have an operational base, on the island of Ireland. Both rider and horse(s) must be registered with Show Jumping Ireland for the current year, and only riders registered with the FEI as Irish athletes will be eligible for an invitation.
iv. Should one, or both, of the riders be unable to accept the invitation or be selected to compete on the Irish team, the invitation will go to the next highest ranked Irish rider under the criteria as outlined. However, only one reserve place will be offered. In the event that there is no athlete(s) to fulfil the invitation criteria, the invitation(s) may be added to those issued as per ‘b’ above.
d) The top two rider/horse combinations in three of six ‘New Heights Champions Series’ shows, prior to, and including Tattersalls Show, on the 22nd of July 2018, will be invited by the Organising Committee to compete as Irish Individual riders at the Dublin Horse Show.
i. Riders may bring an additional horse of their choice to compete in the CSIO classes, and may also bring a horse to compete in the Puissance only.
ii. The top two riders will be invited to compete as Individual riders in the CSIO. Should one, or both, of the riders in the top two be unable to take up their place, an invitation may be extended to the third highest ranked rider, should that rider be unable to accept the invitation, the invitation(s) will be added to those issued as per ‘b’ above. In the event of an equality of points the rider’s results at Tattersalls Show on the 22nd of July will determine the invitation.
e) The Organising Committeemay issue up to six additional ‘wild-card’ invitations to Foreign Riders and Young Irish Riders.
i. Riders must have made a written request to the Committee to be considered for an invitation.
ii. The invitation(s) will be issued to foreign riders except for Young Irish Riders as per point v. below.
iii. Riders must be ranked within the top 250 of the world rankings, the only exception being for riders who have won Olympic Medals or World Championships or those young riders as per point v. below.
iv. Riders with a horse available to compete in the Puissance will be given preference and/or participation in the Puissance may be included as a condition of invitation.
v. Up to two Young Irish Riders that have achieved outstanding results or have shown extraordinary talent during the year may be given an invitation. The OC may consult with the HSI High Performance Manager in relation to the Young Rider selection.
(The Organising Committee reserves the right to increase or reduce the number of invitations which it issues under point ‘e’ above in line with the operational requirements of the Show).
The Organising Committee reserves the right to amend or vary the selection criteria to best meet the interests of the Show.