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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Senior European Championships 2017



            Please click here to view full selection policy.                                                                                            


  1. This Selection Policy has been developed in consultation between the British Showjumping (BS) Board of Directors, Selectors, athletes and World Class Programme (WCP) Performance Director (“PD”) and Jumping Performance Manager (“PM”).
  1. The British Jumping Team (the “Team”) for the 2017 FEI European Jumping Championships (the “Championships”) will be nominated by BS, through the British Equestrian Federation (“BEF”).  The “Team” refers to the 4 athlete/horse combinations that will contest the Team and Individual medals, plus a travelling reserve athlete/horse.


  1. The specific aim of this Selection Policy (the “Policy”) is to select athlete/horse combinations for nomination to the Team that will deliver the best possible results for Team GB at the Championships in the equestrian discipline of Jumping.


  1. It is vitally important for the integrity of the Policy that athletes, 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 process.


  1. All Selectors, (which term includes the Chairman of Selectors), will be appointed by the BS International Committee in consultation with the PD.
  2. 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.
  3. The Chairman of the BS International Committee will maintain a register of conflicts of interest and all Selectors will declare any potential or perceived conflicts as soon as they arise.
  4. 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 interest).
  5. The Selectors will act throughout as experts and are entitled within this Selection Policy to use their absolute discretion to select athlete/horse combinations onto the Team having regard to the criteria set out below.  They must at all times use their discretion honestly and with due integrity.


  1. The Selection Panel shall comprise:

Independent Chair – Dr Tim Watson

Selector – Di Lampard

        Selector – Derek Ricketts

        As required (non-voting) – WCP vet, doctor etc

  1. The PD and a representative from BS, UK Sport will be invited to attend all Selection meetings but will not have a vote.



  1. Eligibility.  BS will ensure that each athlete available for selection is eligible to represent Great Britain, including being:
  1. A British passport holder;
  2. 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;
  3. Be in possession of a Certificate of Capability in accordance with  Articles 113 and 117 FEI Regulations;
  4. Eligible under any applicable anti-doping code (i.e. not be serving a competition ban as a result of a proven doping or controlled medication violation, or other breach of ethical conduct, nor in receipt of a lifetime funding ban from UK Sport).
  1. Qualification Period.  The qualification period for horses and athletes will be in accordance with FEI regulations, which are available at



  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:
  1. The results of a particular athlete/horse combination will be a prime factor in selection but weighting will be given to the ‘standing’ of the competitions, the difficulty of the courses, the surfaces and conditions, the competiveness of the fields, and the rate of progress of the combination; 
  2. Greatest weight will be given to results in 5* Grand Prix classes and the 2017 FEI Nations Cup series; 
  3. The physical conditions in which the Championships will be held and the potential impact of those conditions on the athlete/horse combinations’ performance;
  4. Fitness and soundness of the horse where the advice of a WCP veterinary surgeon or another appointed veterinary surgeon may be sought;
  5. Fitness of the athlete;
  6. Willingness of the athlete and their accredited owners, grooms, coaches, home team’s or others that may be assisting the athlete during the Championships to contribute positively to the Team environment, the Objective of the Selection Policy and the World Class Code of Conduct.
  7. Ability to produce peak performances in conditions similar to the Championships;
  8. Demonstration of behaviour that indicates a commitment to a positive team environment and atmosphere both on and off the field of play;
  9. Results on an athlete’s other horses at 5* level.
  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.


  1. Selection.  The Selectors will meet formally in order to select the Team and reserves as required.  The Selectors will be briefed by WCP Human and Equine Sports Science Medicine (HSSM and ESSM) staff as to a rider’s or horse’s fitness for selection.  This delivery of this information will be in summary format and will be coordinated by the PM.  It will not include any detail that might be deemed confidential.
  1. Veterinary.  As part of the selection process the advice of the WCP veterinary surgeons will be taken into consideration.
  1. Athletes in contention for selection must notify the WCP veterinary surgeon of any change in their horse’s health status or veterinary management immediately.
  2. There may be an official veterinary inspection which all horses must attend and where a blood test may be taken.  Alternatively, official inspections may take place at riders’ yards or at a competition.  If a horse is based abroad then an official inspection will be arranged by the WCP veterinary surgeon. 
  3. Athletes are expected to facilitate open and transparent communication between their own and the WCP veterinary surgeons.
  1. Athlete Fitness.  The fitness of athletes to compete to their full potential at the Games may be taken into consideration by the Selectors when selecting the Team and reserves.  The advice of the WCP’s lead for HSSM may be sought and athletes may be asked to undergo a formal fitness assessment by the WCP doctor
  2. Timings.
  1. 12th June (entries in principle) - By this date the Selectors will aim to have selected a shortlist of a maximum of 10 athlete/horse combinations from which they can select the Team, plus a maximum of 3 reserve horses. 
  2. 24th July (nominated entries) Deadline for athletes and horses to achieve the FEI minimum eligibility requirements.  
  3. 21st July the date by which Certificates of Capability for a maximum of 10 athlete/horse combinations must be forwarded to the FEI.  Certificates of Capability must be in the format appended to the FEI regulations.
  4. 7th August - Final selection meeting.
  5. 7th August - The date by which the Selectors will select 4 athlete/horse combinations for the Team.  At this time the Selectors will also select a reserve.
  6. 11th August -   The date by which definite entries will be submitted to the FEI.

Should nominated entries be required, the Selectors will select the required number of athlete/horse combinations sufficiently early for the correct process to take place in order to have the nominated entries in before the deadline.


Team Announcement

The BEF will coordinate the public announcement of selection.  Athletes will be informed by the PM of the Selectors’ decision prior to the public announcement, but will be required to maintain complete confidentiality until they are formally notified by the BEF of selection, and subject to any BEF requirements as to public announcement.



  1. Team Running Order.  The PM in consultation with the PD will decide the Team running order.  The PM will inform athletes and owners accordingly. 
  1. Maintaining Form.  Athletes should note that Selection decisions are subject to the athlete/horse combination maintaining fitness and performance levels in a suitable training and competition programme, to be agreed with the PM.  Loss of fitness or form, and/or failure to follow this programme, and/or to discuss amendments with the PM, could lead to the athlete/horse combination being substituted (see Substitution below). 
  1. Weather.  The most likely weather conditions in Goteborg for the 2017 FEI European Jumping Championships will have been considered during selection.  However, should there be any drastic change there might be cause for alterations to be made to the Team and / or the Team running order in which case all concerned will be notified and an explanation given.
  1. Substitution.  The Selectors may substitute a Team member for a reserve between the announcement of the Team and the date of definite entries (11.08.2017).   From this date until one hour before the First Horse Inspection substitutions can be made from the Nominated Entry List.  For clarification see Article 319 of the FEI Rules for Jumping Championships and Games 25th Edition, effective 1 January 2017.
  1. The reason for a substitution must only be because either the relevant athlete is unfit to compete due to injury or illness, or there is a strong veterinary case for substitution, or the performance of the athlete/horse combination has declined to such an extent that a substitution is vital to ensure the success of the Team.  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.
  2. In the case of an athlete being considered medically unfit to compete, the decision will be made by the PD and PM following an examination by a WCP-approved doctor, and in consultation with the Chairman of Selectors (if available).  This may involve the athlete being asked to ride certain Jumping movements on their Team horse.  Being ‘unfit to compete’ is best described as “an athlete not being able to ride their Team horse in a manner which reflects the same level of performance they were selected at". A certificate may be required from an officially recognised doctor and / or with the permission of the Championships Veterinary Commission.
  3. In the case of a horse being considered unfit to compete due to veterinary reasons, this decision will be made by the PD and PM following an examination by a WCP-approved veterinary surgeon, and in consultation with the Chairman of Selectors (if available).  Being ‘unfit to compete’ is best described as “a horse not able to compete in a manner which reflects the same level of performance they were selected at, or to the performance standard that was anticipated".
  1. Code of Conduct.  Athletes, owners, grooms and athletes’ home teams are expected to follow the principles of the World Class Code of Conduct.  Athletes and their support teams are expected to behave at all times in a manner that does not bring the sport, Team GBR, BEF, WCP or BS into disrepute.
  1. Clean Sport.  Selection is subject to compliance with BS BEF, FEI and WADA Rules on doping and medication control for Human and Equine.



  1. Selectors will have the right to amend or change the Selection Policy where necessary at any time in order to fulfil the Objective of the Selection Policy.  Any changes to the Selection Policy must be approved in writing by the PD and Selectors.  The amended Selection Policy in its entirety will be communicated to all athletes in contention for selection and the revised sections published on the Team GBR and BS websites.
  1. In the event of the relocation, cancellation or postponement of the 2017 FEI European Jumping Championships all relevant parties will be notified immediately.  In the event of relocation or postponement a different Team might be selected in which case all parties will be notified and standard Selection procedures will be followed.



  1. Athletes have the right to appeal against a selection decision but only on the grounds that the Selectors have failed to comply with the Selection Policy, or made a decision that no rational body of selectors could reasonably have made.  An appeal must be made in writing to the Chief Executives of BS and BEF in accordance with the BEF  Appeal Rules (the “Appeal Process”) within 48 hrs of being informed of a decision.
  1. The BS Chief Executive shall, on receipt of the notice of appeal, seek to bring together all parties for a ‘without prejudice’ discussion that may, if all agree, take the form of a facilitated mediation.  For the avoidance of doubt the Appeal Process shall continue to run during the course of any 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 WCP office.


  1. The Selection Policy will be placed on the Team GBR and BS websites.  Hard copies will be available on request from the BS office. 


  1. The Jumping PM is the point of contact for all matters relating to this Selection Policy.  Enquiries about the Selection Policy can be made either in writing or on the telephone to the BEF or BS office.


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