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Posted by Kirsty Pasto on 08/12/2021.
Olympian Mary Hanna and Calanta compete at Boneo Park
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Homes and Acreage Boneo Summer Dressage Championships Confirmed As 2022 FEI World Championships Qualification Event

EA High Performance is pleased to confirm the schedule for both the CDI3* and CPEDI3* competitions to be held at Boneo Park as part of the Homes and Acreage Boneo Summer Dressage Championships from January 20-23, 2022 has been approved by the FEI. 

Furthermore, the FEI has confirmed that the CDI competition has been granted an exemption under recent FEI Board Resolutions, allowing the event to count as a qualification for the 2022 FEI World Championships. This means that riders vying for team selection will now be able to obtain their Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) on home soil.

Given the ongoing global pandemic and related restrictions on Australian borders, the CDI will be run with an all Australian Ground Jury, but under new FEI guidelines will utilise remote international judges to oversee qualification scores in real time. 

The FEI will appoint two members of the FEI Judges Supervisory Panel (JSP) to observe the competition remotely and upon their approval the results of the combinations that meet the MER requirements for the 2022 FEI World Championships will be confirmed.     

EA High Performance management has been collaborating with the FEI to ensure that riders based in Australia have every opportunity to acquire their 2022 World Championship MERs, and are not disadvantaged as a result of the continued restrictions imposed by Covid-19.

EA High Performance Director, Chris Webb, attributes securing the exemption to working closely with the FEI in order to identify a solution that is beneficial for the riders, organising committees and equestrian sport worldwide.     

“Following the Board Resolutions enacted in October, which allow for online supervision of competitions affected by travel restrictions, we worked with the FEI to seek an exemption. Our athletes work tirelessly in their pursuit of team selection and the EA High Performance Program is committed to ensuring they are supported on their journey, regardless of their geographical location. We are currently awaiting confirmation on exemptions for additional Australian CDIs, as well as the CPEDI competition at Boneo, which we anticipate will be successful.” 

The Homes and Acreage Boneo Summer Dressage Championships are set to be the first Australian event to be conducted under the newly implemented exemption ruling instated by the FEI Board.

Fiona Selby, director of Boneo Park, says she is delighted that this format has been approved. 

“I am really thrilled that the FEI has approved such a format to be used which will allow riders based in Australia to still have the opportunity of qualifying for the World Championships from Australian shores, but without compromising on the integrity that is achieved by having a foreign judge presence. I would really like to thank the Equestrian Australia High Performance team for their assistance with getting this approved.”

The event will host International classes for Junior, Young Riders, U-25 Grand Prix, Grand Prix and Para-equestrian. Championship classes will also be held from Preliminary through to Grand Prix, Young Horses and Ponies and CPEDN Para-equestrian. 

EA High Performance is currently awaiting final confirmation regarding an exemption for the CPEDI competition at the Homes and Acreage Boneo Summer Dressage Championships. 

Entries close 3rd January 2022 and further details are available at www.boneopark.com.au

 

 

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