This Selection Policy (the “Policy”) covers selection for the Alltech FEI World
Equestrian Games 2014 to be held in Caen, France, 1st – 7th September 2014 (“the
A team of four horse and rider combinations will be selected (“the Team”) to compete
at the Championships along with a minimum of one reserve (“the Reserve”).
2.1. The specific aims of this Selection Policy are:
2.1.1 to select a Team that will secure a Team Quota Place for the Rio 2016
Olympic Games.
2.1.2 to select rider and horse combinations that will deliver the best possible
results for Great Britain at the Championships in the equestrian discipline of
2.1.3 to select rider and horse combinations in order to develop capability of
winning medals at future Championships.
2.2. The Priorities for the British Showjumping Teams in 2014 are covered in the CSI / CSIO
/ CDI-W Selection Policy
3.1. It is vitally important for the integrity of the Policy that riders, owners, selectors, staff and
associated parties practice at all times a high degree of confidentiality relating to information
which may have a bearing on selection. All confidential information, conversations and
discussions will be identified as such. Any person who breaks this confidentiality may be
removed from the Selection process.
4.1. All Selectors, (which term includes the Chairman of Selectors), will be appointed by the
British Showjumping (BS) International Committee in consultation with the Performance
Director (“PD”) and Performance Manager (PM). The Selectors as a panel will have the
knowledge and experience required to select championship teams and will be free from all
vested interests/conflicts of interest in so far as is possible.
4.2. The BS International Secretary will maintain a register of conflicts of interest and all
Selectors will declare any potential or perceived conflicts as soon as they arise.
4.3. All Selectors will have equal voting rights. Decisions must be reached by a majority and
with no abstentions (unless a Selector is required to abstain due to a declared conflict of
4.4. The Selection Panel shall comprise:
Rob Hoekstra
Di Lampard
4.5. Other advisors will be used as required – Equine & Human SSM personnel.
4.6. The PD, a representative of UK Sport and a representative of BS will be entitled to
attend all selection meetings but will not have a vote.
5.1. The British Showjumping Selection Policy for the Championships is compiled in
consultation with the BS International Committee, Selectors, riders and PD and is approved
by the BS Board.
6.1. The Selectors will have the right in exceptional circumstances (e.g. force majeure) to
amend or change the Policy where necessary at any time in order to fulfil the objectives of
the Policy. Any changes to the Policy must be approved in writing by the Chairman of the BS
International Committee and the PD.
The amended Policy in its entirety will be
communicated to all riders who are competing in 4* / 5* FEI shows and the PD by email; the
section revised will be published on the BS Website.
7.1. The BS International Secretary will ensure that each rider available for selection is
eligible to represent Great Britain including being:
a British passport holder;
a member in good standing of BS and eligible to represent Great Britain in
international championships under the rules of the FEI having been registered by the
National Federation of Great Britain to compete in International Events and being in
possession of a Certificate of Competence in accordance with Articles 113 and 117
FEI Regulations;
eligible under any applicable anti-doping code
7.2. As a condition of Selection riders will be obliged to abide by the BEF World Class and
Team Charter: If nominated for the World Class Performance Programme they will be
obliged to sign the World Class Programme Athlete’s Agreement.
8.1. The qualification period for horses and riders will be in accordance with FEI regulations,
which are available at
9.1. The Selectors will take the following criteria into account in making their selections
decisions and have due regard to the relevant statistical evidence available to them.
9.1.1. The rider / horse combination’s results will be a prime factor in selection but
weighting will be given to the standing of the competition, the difficulty of the courses,
the surface, the competiveness of the starters and the rate of progress of the
combination. Greatest weight will be given to results in 5* Grand Prixs and Nations
9.1.2. The fitness and soundness of the horse. The advice of the World Class
Programme veterinary surgeon or another veterinary surgeon may be sought. Riders
should notify the Team Veterinarian of any change in their horse’s health status or
veterinary management immediately.
9.1.3. The fitness of the rider. The advice of the World Class Programme Director of
Human Sports Science and Medicine may be sought and riders may be asked to
undergo a fitness test. Fitness of riders to compete to their full potential may be
taken in to consideration by the Selectors when selecting the Team and Reserve.
9.14. Ability to produce peak performances in conditions similar to the
Championships. The physical conditions in which the Championships will be held and
the potential impact of those conditions on the horse and rider combinations’
9.15. A riders’ form on other horses may be taken in to consideration.
9.1.6 Any warnings given by BS, the Selectors, the PD with regard to the behaviour
of the rider and people associated with the rider (including, without limitation,
accredited owners, coaches and grooms) that the Selectors may reasonably consider
will have an impact on creating a positive team environment and affect (either
positively or negatively) the achievement of the Aims.
9.1.7 Willingness of a rider to compete at Shows, especially CSIO5* Shows,
identified by the Selectors as important for assessing performance.
10.1. The Selectors may ask horses and riders to participate in specific training, tests or
competitions where they deem this appropriate and necessary prior to selection and the PM
will inform the riders concerned of the details regarding these requirements.
10.2. The Selectors will meet in order to select the Team and Reserve or reserves as
required. The Selectors will be briefed by the World Class Programme Human and Equine
SSM staff as to a rider’s or horse’s fitness for selection. This information will be coordinated
by the PM and will be delivered in summary format and not include the confidential detail.
10.3 VETERINARY MATTERS - As part of the selection process the advice from the World
Class Programme official veterinary surgeon will be taken into consideration. There will be
an official inspection which all horses must attend and where a blood test may be taken.
Alternatively, the official inspections may take place at riders’ yards or at a competition. If a
horse is based abroad then an inspection will be arranged by the Team Veterinary Surgeon.
Riders are expected to facilitate open communication between their own veterinary surgeon
and the World Class Programme Official veterinary surgeon.
publication of the FEI Schedule for the Championships, the rider and horse combinations
selected for the Team and as Reserve will be announced on or around Tuesday 29th July
The Team and Reserve will be initially announced as one Squad with the announcement of
the Reserve being made on or about Tuesday 12th August 2014. The selectors reserve the
right to delay the announcement of additional reserves until a later date. The PM will inform
the riders of the selection decisions. The Selectors may have to select a list of rider / horse
combinations before this date in order to submit Nominated Entries.
11.1. TEAM RUNNING ORDER - The PM in consultation with the other Selector will decide
the Team running order. The PM will inform riders and owners accordingly. The PM may
make amendments to the Team running order in consultation with the PD and Selector (if
available and time permits) and if deemed necessary to do so.
11.2. MAINTAINING FORM - Riders should note that selection decisions are subject to the
horse / rider combinations retaining fitness / performance (see Substitution below). Once a
horse/rider combination has been selected they must maintain a suitable training or
competition programme which must be agreed with the PM. Failure to follow this
programme or to discuss amendments to the programme with the PM could lead to the rider
/ horse combination being substituted.
11.3. SUBSTITUTION - The Selectors may substitute a reserve combination from the
Nominated Entries for a selected combination in the following circumstances;
11.3.1. Substitution of a reserve for a Team member or the Reserve between the
announcement of the Team (on or about the 29th July 2014) and the date of Definite
11.3.2. From the date of Definite Entries until one hour before the 1 st Horse
Inspection, substitution of a reserve for a Team member or the Reserve will be
allowed with the permission of the Ground Jury and a certificate from an officially
recognised veterinarian or Doctor may be required.
11.3.3. From the “declaration of starters”, which takes place following the officially
recognised Training Session by the PM, until one hour before the start of the first
Championship competition, the Reserve (5th rider) can be substituted for a Team
member with the permission of the Ground Jury and a certificate from an officially
recognised veterinarian or Doctor may be required.
However, the reason for a substitution must only be because either, the rider is unfit to
compete due to injury or illness or there is a strong veterinary case for substitution or the
performance of the Team member has dropped off to such an extent that for the success of
the Team a substitution is vital. The latter situation will almost certainly occur as a result of a
veterinary problem which it may or may not be possible to define given the time / resources
available at the time.
In the case of a rider being considered medically unable to compete the decision will be
made by the PM in consultation with the PD following an examination by a World Class
Programme approved Doctor and in consultation with the Selectors (if available); this may
involve the rider being asked to jump fence(s) on their Team horse; being unfit to compete is
best described as “not being able to ride their horse in a manner which allows the rider to
produce the standard of performance at which they were selected".
In the case of a horse being considered unable due to veterinary reasons to compete or
unable to compete to the performance standard anticipated this decision will be made by the
PM in consultation with the PD following an examination by the World Class Programme
approved veterinarian and in consultation with the Selectors if available.
12.1. DISCRETION - In exceptional circumstances, the Selectors will be entitled within the
provisions of this Policy to exercise their discretion to achieve the objective where it is
reasonable to do so.
12.2.1. Athletes and other accredited personnel will be required to sign and abide by
any agreements and/or abide by codes of behaviour for the equestrian team
appropriate to the Championships.
12.2.3. Athletes and their support teams are expected to behave at all times in a
manner that does not bring the sport, BS, Team GBR, BEF, World Class or the FEI in
to disrepute.
12.3. CLEAN SPORT - Selection is subject to compliance with BS, BEF, FEI and WADA
Rules on doping and medication control for Human and Equine.
12.4. WEATHER - The weather conditions likely at the Championships have been
considered in selection, however, should there be drastic change for some reason there
might be cause for alterations to be made to the Team and / or the Team running order in
which case everyone concerned will be notified and the explanation given as soon as
12.5. CANCELLATION/POSTPONEMENT - In the event of cancellation the relevant parties
will be notified straightaway. In the event of postponement a situation might arise where a
new and / or different Team or Reserve need to be selected, in which case all parties will be
notified and normal procedure for selection will be followed.
12.6. FORCE MAJEURE - In the event of exceptional circumstances beyond BS’s or BEF’s
control e.g. disease outbreak in horses or humans, war or terrorism, collapse of World Class
funding, the British Showjumping Board reserves the right to make the decision, following
consultation with the PD, PM and Chief Executive of the BEF, either to change the Selection
Policy or the procedure, which might include withdrawing the British Team or individuals
from competition.
13.1. PUBLICATION/CIRCULATION - The Selection Policy will be placed on the BS
Website. Hard copies will be available on request from the BS office.
13.2. ENQUIRIES - Enquiries about the Selection Policy can be made either in writing or on
the telephone to the BS office.
13.3.1 The key points of contact relating to this Selection Policy are the PM and BS
International Secretary.
13.3.2 The point of contact for riders who are competing at senior FEI shows and
who wish to discuss their intended competition plans will be the PM.
14.1. Riders have the right to appeal against a selection decision of the Selectors but only
on the grounds that the Selectors have failed to comply with this policy or have made a
decision that no rational body of competent selectors could reasonably reach. An appeal
must be made by submitting notice in writing to both the Chief Executives of BS and to the
BEF in accordance with the BEF Appeal Rules (the “Appeal Process”) within 48 hrs of the
relevant rider being informed of the Selectors’ decision.
The Chief Executive of BS shall on receipt of the notice of appeal seek to bring together all
parties for a without prejudice discussion that may, if all are agreed, take the form of a
facilitated mediation. For the avoidance of doubt the Appeal Process shall continue to run
during the course of such discussion. However, in the event that both parties notify the BEF
that such discussion/mediation has resolved the appeal within 48 hours of receipt of the
notice of Appeal, the Appeal Process shall be stayed. The Appeal Process is set out on the
BEF website and copies can be obtained from the BEF office.