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 Rankings 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 ‘d’ below).
b. The top two riders in the ‘New Heights Champions Series’, following Tattersalls Show on the 23rd of July 2017, will be invited by the RDS to compete as Irish Individual riders at the Dublin Horse Show.
i. Riders may compete with a maximum of two horses, provided that both horses have been placed within the top six at a minimum of three of the National Premier Series’ Grand Prix/1.50m classes in the three months previous. Riders may also bring an additional horse to compete in the Puissance only, if they so wish.
ii. Should one of the riders in the top two be unable to take up their place the invitation may be extended to the third highest ranked rider, should that rider be unable to accept the invitation, the invitation will be added to those issued as per ‘d’ below.
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, 2017. (Riders must be resident and have an operational base on the island of Ireland. Both rider and horses must be registered with Show Jumping Ireland for the current year).
i. Riders may compete with a maximum of two horses, provided that both horses have been placed in the top six in a minimum of two 2* Grand Prix and/or two world ranking classes at 3* shows or above between the 1st of February and the 30th of June, 2017. In addition both horses must have been placed in the top six in a minimum of two Autumn Grand Prix of the previous year, and/or have competed and placed in the top six in two rounds of the Spring Tour, the National Grand Prix or New Heights Champions Series in the current year.
ii. A maximum of two riders will be invited to compete as Individual riders in the CSIO provided they fulfil the criteria in point i. above. The two riders with the highest placings/best results will be chosen to receive the invitations. The Longines Jumping Rankings (No. 198) published on the 30th of June 2017 will be used to determine the two riders who receive the invitations. The riders’ top five results (according to ranking points awarded) for the period 1st of February to the 30th of June, 2017 will be taken into consideration; in the event of an equality of points the top six results will be considered. Riders may also bring an additional horse to compete in the Puissance only, if they so wish.
iii. 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 ‘d’ below.
d. Six invitations will be issued to Irish riders based on the Longines Jumping Rankings (No. 198) published on the 30th of June 2017.
i. The top six Irish riders in the Longines Jumping Rankings (No. 198) published on the 30th of June 2017 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’, ‘b’ or ‘c’ 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, if they wish (provided that it is endorsed by HSI).
iii. If additional invitations become available from points ‘a’, ‘b’ or ‘c’ above, they may be issued to the next highest ranked Irish rider on the Longines Jumping Rankings.
e. The Organising Committee may issue up to six additional ‘wild-card’ invitations to individual riders.
i. Riders must have made a written request to the Committee to be considered for an invitation
ii. Invitation will be issued to foreign riders with the exception of 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 & 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 RDS 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.