Pony Show Jumping European Championships Selection Criteria 2017
- 17 February 2017, 16:03
SECTION I PURPOSE
The purpose of the Horse Sport Ireland Pony Show Jumping selection competition is to assist Horse Sport Ireland’s Pony Show Jumping High Performance Team Manager Gary Marshall to select the best team to represent Ireland at the European Pony Show Jumping Championships in Kaposvar, Hungary from the 25th – 30th July 2017.
As such, this selection policy combines both competition and general criteria in order for the High Performance Manager to select the IRL athletes to compete at the European Pony Show Jumping Championships in Kaposvar, Hungary. The High Performance Manager’s primary objective is to nominate the appropriate combinations to give Ireland the best chance of winning team and individual medals.
The Horse Sport Ireland Pony Show Jumping timelines are as follows:
- Selection Competition Barnadown 28th – 30th April
- Opglabbeek CSIOP (BEL) 11th – 14th May 2017 & Hagen CSIOP (GER) 13th – 18th June 2017
- Final Viewing Days first week in July – dates and venue to be confirmed.
- European Squad training will take place from the 9th – 11th July, Mullingar.
SECTION II SPECIFIC SELECTION PROCESS
Athletes can maximize their chances of selection by competing at the following identified key selected competitions in 2017:
Selection Competition Barnadown 28th – 30th April 2017.
All pony combinations that are eligible to jump in the 148cm class at the Pony Premier series are eligible to enter the selection competition. However the committee reserve the right to exclude any combination from the competition, at any stage, on health and safety grounds or pony welfare grounds if they consider that any combination is being over faced.
Entry to the selection competition
Entries for the Selection Competition in Barnadown should be made with Aileen Cartwright (045- 854530) email@example.com in Horse Sport Ireland before 12pm Friday 21st April 2017. The entry fee of €100 is payable in advance. This covers stabling for the Friday and Saturday night at Barnadown and entry to the Friday and Saturday classes. The Grand Prix on Sunday should be entered directly with SJI before noon Thursday 27th April.
It is compulsory for ponies, who are competing in the selection competition, to go into secure stabling for the Friday and Saturday night of Barnadown. 24 hour Stable security will be provided. Entry to the stables will be restricted to those wearing wristbands and there will only be three wristbands issued per pony.
The selection competition will begin at Barnadown Friday 28th April with an FEI “Table A” competition (1.25m) where all combinations will be required to jump and their placing will determine their starting order on Saturday. Should any combinations finish tied on faults at the end of the competition on Sunday, their final ranking will be determined by their finishing position in this Friday class at Barnadown.
There will be three counting rounds at Barnadown consisting of two Nations Cup style rounds on Saturday (1.30m – 1.35m) and the first round of a Grand Prix on Sunday. On Friday & Saturday strict FEI style rules will apply. SJI competition rules will apply for the Grand Prix.
The team vet will be in attendance at Barnadown. Ponies must present for veterinary inspection before the appointed time on Friday. Passports must be made available for inspection. Ponies will be required to be presented for measuring, veterinary inspection and trot up at 4pm on Friday April the 28th in Barnadown.
Selection Competition Barnadown 28th – 30th April 2017 Summary of events
- Pony measuring and trot up @ 4pm
- Speed class (Table A) on Friday. 1.25m 6pm start approx.
- Two round Nations Cup style class on Saturday. This will be a two round class regardless of Faults. 1.30 m
- The first round of the Grand Prix on Sunday. 1.30m
Opglabbeek CSIOP (BEL) 11th – 14th May 2017 & Hagen CSIOP (GER) 13TH – 18TH June 2017
Following on from the competition at Barnadown the Top 10 combinations will gain places on either the squad for Opglabbeek 11th – 14th May OR Hagen 13th – 18th June and on the short list of up to 12 combinations for the European Pony Championships. Each rider may qualify a maximum of two ponies. The Team Manager has, at his discretion, the right to nominate up to two of his own selections* to also travel to Opglabbeek /Hagen and/or to be part of the squad of up to 12 combinations for the European Championships.
The manager will make a decision on the two places based on the following criteria:
- Performance of the combination during 2017, with particular emphasis on form in the lead up to selection both at National and International level.
- The Team veterinarians opinion on the likely ability of the pony to cope fully with the three day test posed by an International competition
- The rider and their support teams ability to operate as part of a team
- The commitment of the rider and their support team to the High Performance Programme
- If the rider is eligible for pony selection for the following year this may be taken into account with a view to giving such a combination International experience.
- Contribution towards achieving the objective of winning team and individual medals.
The decision of the Team Manager will be final on such matters.
The Team Manager intends to inform riders which of the two International shows he wishes to see them compete at on Monday 01st May 2017.
The short list of up to 12 combinations will also be used by him to select, at his discretion, the squad of 5 riders for the European Championships in Kaposvar, Hungary from the 25th – 30th July 2017.
Only the top ten pony and rider combinations* from the selection trial competition in Barnadown will be assured of a place in either Opglabbeek OR Hagen. When it comes to deciding on the Team Manager’s selections. These are entirely at the discretion of him.
*If a rider qualifies more than one pony in the top ten, that rider will gain a place on the squad for each pony at Opglabbeek and Hagen and both combinations will be entitled to attend the subsequent viewing days held in July 2017.The decision as to which combination shall travel to each of the designated International shows lies with the Team Manager.
SECTION III EUROPEAN SQUAD SELECTION SHORT LIST
For the avoidance of any doubt the EUROPEAN SQUAD SELECTION short list of up to twelve (12) shall include the top Ten (10) ranked combinations after the selection trial at Barnadown plus up to two (2) selections at the discretion of the team manager.
Final Viewing Days – Date & Venue to be confirmed
Eligibility by invitation only
A short list of up to 12 combinations will be in contention for the 5 pony rider combinations to travel to the European Championships. For the avoidance of any doubt the short list of 12 shall include the top 10 ranked combinations after the selection trial at Barnadown plus up to 2 selections at the discretion of the Team Manager.
These 12 combinations will be invited to compete at two final viewing days. Participation in these viewing days is recommended in order to be selected for Kaposvar unless expressly excused by the Team Manager. Riders invited to the selection will pay an entry fee of €100 payable in advance to HSI. This covers stabling for two nights and entry to all classes.
There will be three counting rounds consisting of two Nations Cup style rounds (1.30m – 1.35m) and a European Championships standard track. FEI style rules will apply. Order of jumping will be issued by HSI prior to the event.
- The Viewing Days
- Two round Nations Cup style class. This will be a two round class regardless of Faults.
(1.30m – 1.35m)
- European Championships standard track one round. (1.30m- 1.35m)
It is compulsory for ponies, who are competing in the viewing days, to go into secure stabling. 24 hour Stable security will be provided. Entry to the stables will be restricted to those wearing wristbands and there will only be three wristbands issued per pony.
It is intended to run all competitions on an all-weather surface.
SECTION IV EUROPEAN SQUAD SELECTION
Following these viewing days the Team Manager will select from the 12 the five combinations to travel to the European Championships and two non-travelling reserves before the deadline for the definite entries determined by the FEI.
The five pony and rider combinations that travel to the European Championships will be in contention for the team. The Team Manager will decide in Kaposvar on which four to jump on the team based on form.
European Squad training will take place from the 10th & 11th July in Mullingar Equestrian.
SECTION V VETERINARY
The High Performance Manager and/or Horse Sport Ireland can request that a horse/ pony be made available for inspection by the Team Veterinarian at any time. Athletes must comply with this request. Athletes must notify the High Performance Manager of any change in their horse/ pony’s health status or of any veterinary issues when they first become apparent.
The High Performance Manager and/or Horse Sport Ireland can send the Team Veterinarian and/or an appointed Veterinarian to take a blood and/or urine sample from a horse/ pony at any time, for the purposes of testing for prohibited substances, and/or as part of an assessment of the horse/ pony’s well-being.
Athletes (at their own expense), shall make available, upon the request of the Team Veterinarian, the veterinary records of horse/ pony s being considered for selection. In addition, athletes, (at their own expense), shall be responsible for supplying any follow-up diagnostic information requested by the Team Veterinarian for horse/ pony s being considered for selection. Athletes, (at their own expense), shall complete any treatment prescribed by the Team Veterinarian, after consultation with the horse/ pony’s regular veterinarian. Failure to comply with any request of the Team Veterinarian may result in the removal of the athlete/horse/ pony combination from selection by the High Performance Manager
The soundness of the horse/ pony to meet the challenges of competing and travelling to the 2017 European Championships will be a significant factor in any selection decision. Athletes must keep the Team Veterinarian fully briefed on any health or soundness issues the pony may have both historically and throughout the selection period. All selected team members must immediately inform the High Performance Manager and Team Veterinarian of any illness or injury (however minor). Where it becomes apparent that a squad pony is unsound and/or that there was a non-disclosure relating to soundness, the High Performance Manager reserves the right to remove that combination from the team with immediate effect.
This document is a draft. If any parent or coach has a query or proposed change to this, please forward to Triona Connors firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday 03rd March 2017 for consideration.