At its last General Assembly, held during the European Championships in Gothenburg, Saturday 26 of August, in front of more than 150 persons and with the presence of the FEI President Ingmar De Vos, the FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibanez and others FEI managers, the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) voted unanimously a Board’s proposal, as follows:
– Limit the possibility to earn points one time per day at each show (under discussion);
– Ranking points for 5* will be earned only in events that respect the following percentage of invitations:
60% of the riders entered in the show, in descending order of the rankings (including home riders)
20% to the Home federation (NF)
20% by the organising comity (OC)
The IJRC is responsible for the show jumping rankings rules (except the commercial rights), and the Club will accept exceptions only for the FEI Longines Nations Cups and the FEI Longines World Cup of show jumping, two historical circuits where the participants are selected by team chefs of the NF.
No other exception will be made. Other shows, events counting for other circuits, will have to follow this rule of 20% invitations maximum.
The actual situation, with too many pay cards in some shows, could kill our sport and his best and most talented athletes and their olympic future.
We have to consider that ranking points are important for the qualification to the Olympic Games, and we want that only the deserved riders can be qualified to Olympics.
Olympic champion Steve Guerdat (London 2012), also member of the Board, said: “Our goal is to achieve that we will support and distribute points only to shows which are presenting good sport and not shows that are open to athletes that have the possibility to pay to compete. Therefore we are doing our best to find a way and best solutions to achieve our goal, as we have to protect the real sport.”
IJRC holds the technical rights of the world rankings, but it was important to remind the resolutions of the riders during this period, before the FEI General Assembly, November 18 to 21, at Montevideo.
We hope the National Federations will be able to quickly choose the right path for the benefit of the sport.
IJRC Press release