2019 Individual Rider Selection Criteria

 

(Up to 16 Irish Riders will receive an invitation to compete in CSIO5* Dublin 2019)

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 2019 (No. 222) will be invited to compete as individuals.

(i) In line with the rules of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations CupTM Series, these riders will be selected from the Longines Jumping Rankings at the time of nominated entries in descending order until 30th position.
(ii) If there are any unallocated invitations under point ‘a’ they may be added to the number of invitations allocated to Irish riders based on the Longines Jumping Rankings (see point ‘b. iii’ below).

b. One invitation will be issued to an Irish rider based on the Longines Jumping Rankings published on the 30th of June 2019 (No. 222).

(i) The top Irish rider in the Longines Jumping Rankings published on the 30th of June 2019 (No. 222) will be invited to compete as an individual rider in the CSIO.  Should this rider be unable to accept his / her invitation or be selected to compete on the Irish team, or have qualified under points ‘a’, ‘c’ ‘d’ or ‘e’, 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’, ‘d’ or ‘e’, 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 ‘e’).

c. Two invitations will be issued to Irish riders by Horse Sport Ireland’s High Performance Committee on, or before, the 10th of July 2019.  These invitations will be issued based on the following criteria;  

(i) Rider and horse combinations must achieve a score of not more than eight penalties over both rounds of a CSIO3* (or higher) Nations’ Cup competition in the current year.
(ii) In the event of an equality of faults the combination(s) that have achieved the highest number of clear rounds in CSIO3* (or higher) Nations’ Cup competitions will receive the invitation(s).  
(iii) Riders will be invited to compete with three horses in the CSIO5* competitions, with the approval of Horse Sport Ireland’s High Performance Committee, and they may bring an additional horse to compete in the Puissance only.  
(For all matters relating to the invitations as per point ‘c’ above please refer to Horse Sport Ireland’s High Performance Committee).


d. Two invitations will be issued to Irish-based riders who have competed 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 2019, 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.  Their top eight results (i.e. highest number of points earned) in 2* Grand Prix or ranking classes at 3* shows or above for the period 1st of February to the 30th of June 2019 will determine the invitations.  
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 2019 will receive the invitation.  
(The height of the competition and the star rating of the Show will be factors considered when determining the rider who receives the invitation).
(ii) To be eligible for an invitation under point ‘d’ 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) Riders may compete with a maximum of two horses in the CSIO5* competitions.  Riders may bring an additional horse to compete in the Puissance only.
(v) 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.

e. The top two rider and horse combinations in three of the following four ‘New Heights Champions Series’ shows - The Meadows Equestrian Centre, Portmore Equestrian Centre, National Balmoral and Tattersalls will be invited by the Organising Committee to compete as Irish Individual riders at the Dublin Horse Show. 

(i) Riders may compete with two horses of their choice in the CSIO5* competitions.  Riders may bring an additional horse to compete in the Puissance only.
(ii) The top two riders (based on rider and horse combination) will be invited to compete as individual riders in the CSIO5* competitions.  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 with the best results at Tattersalls Show on the 21st of July will receive the invitation.


f. The Organising Committee may issue up to three additional ‘wild-card’ invitations to Foreign Riders and a Young Irish Rider

(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 a Young Irish Rider as per point v. below
(iii) Riders must be ranked within the top 250 of the Longines Jumping Rankings, the only exception being for riders who have won Olympic Medals or World Championships or a Young Irish Rider 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) One Young Irish Rider that has achieved outstanding results, or has 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 Irish Rider invitation.

The Organising Committee reserves the right to increase or reduce the number of invitations which it issues under point ‘b’ and ‘f’ 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.