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RULES FURUSIYYA FEI NATIONS CUP™ SERIES

RULES
FURUSIYYA FEI NATIONS CUP™ SERIES
Effective for season 2014
Updated 6 February 2014

Preamble
These Rules must be read in conjunction with the FEI Statutes, the FEI General Regulations (GRs), the FEI Jumping Rules (JRs), and all other relevant FEI rules and regulations. In any unforeseen or exceptional circumstance which is not addressed by these Rules, it is the duty of the FEI Jumping Committee to interpret them and render a Decision in a manner compatible to the fullest extent possible with the other provisions of these Rules, the GRs and any other applicable rules of the FEI, as well as sporting spirit.
1. INTRODUCTION
In accordance with the conditions set forth in article 3 herein, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ season commences with the first Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition of the season and finishes with the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final. The season consists of Regional qualifying Events from which a limited number of teams as determined by the FEI qualify to take part at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final to be held preferably at the end of September or early October but this may change depending on the Region in which the Final takes place. The qualification system may vary from Region to Region depending on the state of development of the sport in the Region, as well as difficulties relating to horse transportation and quarantine restrictions. Each Regional qualification system provides eligible NFs in that Region equal opportunity to qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final.
2. REGIONS
The World is divided into the following Regions for the purpose of qualifying teams for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final:
2.1 Europe
Europe is divided into Division 1 and Division 2 and comprises the following NFs: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.
(Refer to 6.1 and 6.2 for composition of Divisions 1 and 2)
2.2 North and Central America / Caribbean
North and Central America / Caribbean comprise the following NFs:
Antigua, Barbados, Bermuda, Canada, Cayman Islands, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, USA, Virgin Islands.
2.3 South America
South America comprises the following NFs:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.
2.4 Middle East
The Middle East comprises the following NFs:
Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Yemen.
2.5 Asia / Australasia
Asia / Australasia comprises the following NFs:
Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, People’s Republic of China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand.
2.6 Africa
Africa comprises the following NFs:
Algeria, Botswana, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Libya, Morocco, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tunisia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
3. FURUSIYYA FEI NATIONS CUP™ SEASON
3.1 Europe Division 1
The European Division 1 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ calendar consists of selected outdoor Events commencing not earlier than two weeks following the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final unless an exception is granted by the FEI Jumping Committee. The last Competition must finish at least two weeks prior to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final. The weekend prior to and all days during the FEI European Jumping Championships for Seniors, the FEI World Equestrian Games™ and the Olympic Games must be kept free of European Division 1 Events.
3.2 Other Regions plus Europe Division 2
For all other Regions, including European Division 2, the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ calendar consists of Events commencing after the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final. The last Competition must finish at least two weeks prior to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final. The weekend prior to and all days during the:
  • FEI Continental Jumping Championships for Seniors in the Region
  • The FEI World Equestrian Games™
  • Olympic Games
  • Pan American Games for the Americas,
  • Asian Games for Asia
  • and the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final
must be kept free of FEI Nations Cup™ qualifying Events.
4. DECLARATION OF CSIO EVENTS AND TEAMS FOR THE 2014 SEASON
4.1 General
All NFs wishing to participate in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ are required to confirm the following to the FEI by 31 December 2013 at the latest:
  • That they will take part in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions serving as qualifiers in their Region or in the Division for which they have qualified with a view to qualifying for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final (refer to article 7 on minimum eligibility for NFs);
  • Whether the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition at their CSIO will count as a qualifier for their Region. Upon receipt of applications from NFs allocation of qualifiers per Region will be decided by the FEI. CSIO Events at which the Nations Cup Competition does not serve as a qualification for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final are also permitted to be held;
  • Pledge that they will, if qualified, participate at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final;
  • For Europe Division 1 NFs, whether they wish to qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final through Division 1 or Division 2.
With the exception of Europe Division 1, all NFs that have declared their intention to participate in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ must present to the FEI, by 1 February 2014 at the latest, the list of Events in their Region which they wish to count for points.
Following receipt from NFs of the above information, the FEI will decide on the number of qualifying Competitions to count per Region.
Any NF that commits itself in writing to take part at the qualifying Events and any NF that qualifies for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final but does not respect its commitment to take part at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final or at its designated qualifying Events for any reason, other than Force Majeure (any event or circumstance arising from or attributable to acts, events, omission or accidents which are not reasonably foreseeable, and which are beyond reasonable control and which could not have been reasonably prevented), loses its points for the entire season. This requirement does not apply for Division 2 as far as taking part in the declared Furusiyya Nations Cup™ qualifying Events is concerned.
It is the responsibility of each NF to select its CSIO.
In Europe, not more than one CSIO may be held per season in the same country –with the exception of Italy which hosts CSIO San Marino (SMR), and the country hosting the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final.
5. QUALIFYING EVENTS
The maximum number of qualifying Events worldwide is 20.
Criteria for selection of 2015 qualifying Events will be established by the FEI Jumping Committee during the course of 2014.
5.1 Europe – Division 1
5.1.1 List of Events
In 2014 Division 1 consists of eight Events taken from the following CSIO Events on the condition that they meet the conditions as stipulated in article 4.1 and 5.1.2:
  • Lummen (BEL), La Baule (FRA), Rome (ITA), St Gallen (SUI), Rotterdam (NED), Falsterbo (SWE), Hickstead (GBR), Dublin (IRL);
[NB: List of Division 1 events updated on 13 January 2014.]
The FEI Jumping Committee will consider all applications for Division 1 status and reserves the right to require that additional conditions are met in order to ensure that all Division 1 NFs can compete under fair and equal conditions.
5.1.2 Criteria for Division 1 Events
The following criteria must be respected for Events held in Division 1:
a) Each Division 1 CSIO must be of CSIO5* level;
b) A maximum global entry fee of 500 Euro per horse and 250 Euro per Young Horse may be charged;
c) Each Event must respect the CSIO5* technical requirements in effect at the time;
d) Each Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition must offer at least €200’000 in prize money. The Grand Prix Competition at these Events must also offer a minimum of €200’000 in prize money;
e) All selected Events must in principle follow a fixed competition format, with the main Competitions taking place on Friday and Sunday. Depending on the current proven success of an Event’s FEI Nations Cup™ Competition relating to broadcast coverage and spectatorship, an exception may be granted at the sole discretion of the FEI;
f) Events may be required by the FEI to have flood lights;
g) Events must be held over at least four days;
h) In addition to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition, four other Competitions must count for Longines Ranking points;
i) The course must be the same for the first and second rounds;
j) Each team must be invited with five Athletes and 15 Horses;
k) The maximum number of Athletes permitted to take part is 65;
l) Each OC must invite at least five Athletes as individuals from NFs not represented by a team, to be selected from the Longines Ranking at the time of nominated entries in descending order until the 30th position. There is no limit on the number of Athletes per NF among these five individuals. If the OC cannot fill the quota of five Athletes from the top 30 on the Longines Ranking, they may invite the Athlete(s) of their choice.
m) OCs have the right to invite a limited number of home/foreign individual Athletes from the home country and countries not represented by an official team. However, the total number of Athletes must not exceed 65.
n) In addition to the 65 Athletes as mentioned above, three foreign Athletes from countries represented by a team may be invited for the small tour, but no more than one per NF, to take part in all Competitions except the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition and the Grand Prix.
5.2 Europe - Division 2
5.2.1 List of Events
Division 2 consists of the following Events:
Maximum eight European CSIO3*/4*/5* Events selected by the FEI and not chosen for Division 1 providing they meet the following minimum criteria and any additional requirements as established by the FEI.
5.2.2 Criteria for Division 2 Events
The following criteria must be respected for Events held in Division 2:
a) Each Event must have the status of at least CSIO3* level;
b) A maximum global entry fee of 500 Euro per Horse and 250 Euro per Young Horse for all CSIO Events may be charged;
c) Each Event must respect the prize money requirements for the relevant star level category, according to the CSI/CSIO Requirements in force at the time;
d) Quality and size of stables must be in accordance with FEI requirements;
e) Stable security must be in accordance with FEI requirements;
f) Quality of footing must be in accordance with FEI requirements;
g) CSIO3* and CSIO4* Events must offer prize money of at least CHF 30’000 for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition;
h) CSIO5* Events must offer prize money of at least CHF 80’000 for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition;
i) Expenses for accommodation/meals for Athletes/Chefs d’Equipe/Officials must be in accordance with FEI requirements;
j) All CSIO3* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions must use at least the obstacle dimensions established for CSIO4* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions (refer to JRs Art. 264.3.1) and the course plan must be sent to the FEI for approval prior to the Event.
k) Maximum number of teams permitted to take part at each Event is 13;
l) Individual Athletes may be invited in accordance with JRs Article 249.5 and 249.6.
5.3 Other Regions
FEI selected qualifying Events in other Regions may vary per Region in number depending on the number of CSIOs held in the Region providing they meet the following minimum criteria and any additional requirements as established by the FEI.
The following criteria must be respected for Events held in other Regions:
a) Each Event must have the status of at least CSIO3* level;
b) A maximum global entry fee of the equivalent of 500 Euro per Horse and 250 Euro per Young Horse for all CSIO Events may be charged;
c) Each Event must respect the prize money requirements for the relevant star level category, according to the CSI/CSIO Requirements in force at the time;
d) Quality and size of stables must be in accordance with FEI requirements;
e) Stable security must be in accordance with FEI requirements;
f) Quality of footing must be in accordance with FEI requirements;
g) Expenses for accommodation/meals for Athletes/Chefs d’Equipe/Officials must be in accordance with FEI requirements;
h) CSIO5* Events must offer prize money of at least CHF 80’000 for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition;
i) CSIO3* and CSIO4* Events must offer prize money of at least CHF 30’000 for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition;
j) All CSIO3* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions must use at least the obstacle dimensions established for 4* Nations Cup Competitions in JRs Art. 264.3.1 and the course plan must be sent to the FEI for approval prior to the Event.
k) Maximum number of teams permitted to take part at each Event is 13;
l) Individual Athletes may be invited in accordance with JRs Article 249.5 and 249.6.
In Regions that do not have a qualifying Event or in a Region where all eligible NFs do not have equal opportunity to qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final, qualification is based on an NF ranking established by the addition of Longines Ranking points two months prior to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final of the four best Athletes of each NF in the Region. In case of equality of Longines Ranking points the placing of the best Athlete of the NF on the Longines Ranking two months prior to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final will be decisive.
An NF must have at least four Athletes on the Longines Ranking to qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final and to participate for points in the qualifying Competitions. The Longines Ranking at the end of October 2013 (Ranking N° 154) will be used for the 2014 season.
2015 Season
It is intended as of 2015 to only allow qualification through one or more Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ qualifying Competitions.
6. PARTICIPATION
6.1 Europe - Division 1
6.1.1 2014 Season - Teams
For the 2014 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ season the NFs (10) permitted to take part in Division 1 are as follows:
  • The European NFs placed first, second and third at the previous year’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final;
  • The two best placed NFs on the previous year’s Division 2 standings; if any or both of these two NFs cannot take part in Division 1 the vacant place(s) are filled from the previous year’s Division 1 standings. The same applies if either of these teams is placed first to third in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final;
  • The remaining teams will be selected in descending order from the previous year’s Division 1 standings to fill the quota of 10 teams.
6.1.2 2015 Season - Teams
For the 2015 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ season the NFs (10) permitted to take part in Division 1 are as follows:
  • The European NFs placed first, second and third at the previous year’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final;
  • The first placed NF in Division 2 standings at the end of the season;
  • The second placed NF in Division 2 standings at the end of the season providing that it finishes within the top eight at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final;
  • The remaining teams will be selected in descending order from the previous year’s Division 1 standings to fill the quota of 10 teams.
The Jumping Committee may reduce the number of teams in Division 1 in 2015 if necessary, based on the experience obtained in 2014.
6.1.3 Option of Participation in Division 1 or 2
NFs qualified for Division 1 in any given year have the option to choose whether they wish to participate in either Division 1 or Division 2.
6.1.4 Withdrawals
Once the 10 qualified NFs are established for the 2014 season as stipulated above they will not be replaced.
6.1.5 Number of Teams per Event in Division 1
Eight teams, plus the home team if not a Division 1 team, are permitted to take part in Division 1 CSIO Events; at least six teams from Division 1 must be invited to each Event in Division 1.
6.1.6 Number of Events to count for Points
From 2014 NFs participating with a team in Division 1 are guaranteed invitations to 50% of the total number of Division 1 Events; For example, if Division 1 has eight CSIO Events, each team is guaranteed four invitations. NFs may only obtain points for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final at Events for which they are guaranteed invitations by the FEI.
6.1.7 Selection/Allocation of Events for the 2014 Season
NFs participating in Division 1 must participate at their home qualifying Event, providing the home NF organises a qualifying Event. Three additional qualifying Events (for a total of four) are chosen by Division 1 NFs or allocated by the FEI for the 2014 season in accordance with the system indicated as follows.
The following NFs are permitted to select their four Division 1 2014 Events that count for points:
  • The European NFs placed first to third at the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final if from Division 1;
  • The remaining NFs to fill a maximum quota of four NFs are selected in descending order from the 2013 Division 1 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ standings prior to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final.
  • As the number of Teams consists of 10 and the number of Events consists of eight the following system applies for the selection of Events, in order of priority:
o NFs choose their home Event;
o The first placed NF at the 2013 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final may select the Event of its first choice if from Division 1 or 2;
o The second placed NF at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final may select the Event of its first choice if from Division 1 or 2;
o The third placed NF at the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final may select the Event of its first choice if from Division 1 or 2;
o The remaining NFs taken from the Division 1 standings prior to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final to fill the quota of maximum four NFs may select the Event of their first choice;
o Once each of the above four NFs has selected its first choice, the selection of the remaining Events continues in the same order until all four NFs have reached the established quota of invitations which is four. Once an Event has been selected by five NFs, including the home NF or the allocated NF if there is no home NF, no other NF may select that Event;
o An Event selected by an NF in the first round of the selection process cannot be selected by another NF in that round. The same applies to all selection rounds;
o If there is one or more NFs among the teams permitted to select their Events that does not have a home Event, allocation is decided by a draw for the Event(s) without a home team;
o Once the NFs that are permitted to choose their Events have selected their Events in the final selection round, the remaining slots for each of the qualified NFs will be allocated by the FEI in such a way as to ensure that all NFs concerned can fill their quota. Prior to these NFs being allocated their quota of Events they will be given the opportunity by the FEI to name the Events of their choice. The FEI will try as much as possible to facilitate the wishes of NFs.
6.1.8 Selection/Allocation of Events for the 2015 Season
The selection/allocation process of Events for the Division 1 for the 2015 season will be established by the FEI during the course of 2014.
6.1.9 Participation at Events not counting for Points
Division 1 teams may participate at Events in Division 1 other than those counting for points for the team in question or in Division 2 Events if invited, but may not earn points at these Events. Teams may participate at CSIOs outside their own Region but may not earn points at these Events.
6.1.10 Home Individual Athletes
The rules for invitation of home individual Athletes as stipulated in the JRs do not apply for Division 1 Events.
6.1.11 Participation in the First and Second Round
In Division 1 Events, four Athletes per team take part in the first round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition. Unless eliminated in the first round, eight teams take part in the second round with four Athletes each. The home team, if not one of the Division 1 NFs, may not return for the second round unless it qualifies among the eight teams allowed to return for the second round.
6.2 Europe - Division 2
6.2.1 Teams Eligible for Division 2
The teams eligible to take part in Division 2 are as follows:
  • All European NFs not selected to participate in Division 1, providing they meet the minimum eligibility requirements (refer to article 7);
  • Any Division 1 team that declines to participate in Division 1.
6.2.2 Participation at Home Event
NFs participating in Division 2 must participate at their home Event providing the home NF organises a qualifying Event.
6.2.3 Requests for Invitations
Division 2 OCs must accept requests for invitations from Division 1 NFs that have declined to take part with a team in Division 1 and those NFs that have been relegated from Division 1 providing they meet the minimum eligibility requirements (refer to article 7) for NFs and providing they have declared their intention to take part in the series.
6.2.4 Number of Events counting for Points
Division 2 NFs may participate for points at 50% of the Events in Division 2. As there are maximum eight Events in Division 2 four Events will count for points.
6.2.5 Events counting for Points
Division 2 teams may only earn points at Events which have been declared for this purpose.
6.2.6 Participation of Teams outside their own Region and in Division 1
Division 2 teams may participate at CSIOs outside their own Region and at Division 1 CSIOs if invited but may not earn points at these Events.
6.2.7 Invitation of Teams
The following NFs have the right to select the four Events in Division 2 that count for points:
  • The two NFs if any, relegated from Division 1 according to their previous year’s overall Division 1 standings;
  • Any Division 1 NF that does not wish to take part in the Division 1 qualifying system according to their classification in the previous year’s Division 1 overall standings;
  • A further six NFs taken from the previous year’s Division 2 overall standings according to their classification in those standings, providing this does not exceed 50% of the number of teams that have declared their participation.
6.2.8 Number of Athletes and Horses per Team
OCs must invite five Athletes and at least 12 Horses per team.
6.2.9 Invitations of Teams and Individuals
For the avoidance of doubt, the current JRs relating to invitation of teams and individuals apply.
6.2.10 Participation in the First and Second Round
In Division 2 four Athletes per team take part in the first and second round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition. Unless eliminated in the first round eight teams take part in the second round. The home team may not return for the second round unless it qualifies among the eight teams allowed to return for the second round.
6.3 Other Regions
All OCs in other Regions must accept requests for entries from NFs in their own Region, providing they meet the minimum eligibility requirements (refer to article 7) for NFs and providing they have declared their intention to take part in the 2014 series.
Teams may take part at CSIO Events outside their own Region but may not earn points at these Events.
OCs must invite teams of four or five Athletes.
For the avoidance of doubt, the current JRs relating to invitation of teams and individuals apply.
Four Athletes per team take part in the first and second round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition. Unless eliminated in the first round, eight teams take part in the second round. The home team may not return for the second round unless it qualifies among the eight teams allowed to return for the second round.
7. NF Minimum Eligibility
In order to be eligible to qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final, an NF must have at least four Athletes on the Longines Rankings at the end of October of the previous season (Ranking N° 154 for the 2014 season).
8. POINT SYSTEM
8.1 Points
Points may only be obtained by eligible teams in their own Region or Division. For the purpose of point distribution the results of teams not from the Region or Division are not taken into account (i.e.: an eligible team placed eighth in the Competition obtains the points for seventh place if a team that is not from the Region or Division is placed seventh. In order to determine the list of NFs that qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final, the following point system will be used for all qualifying Competitions:
Placing Points
1st 100
2nd 90
3rd 80
4th 70
5th 60
6th 55
7th 50
8th 45
9th 40
10th 35
In case eligible teams are placed equal during any of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions, the points set forth above for the places in question are added and divided equally among the teams concerned. In case an eligible team or eligible teams is/are placed equal with a team or teams from the same Region or Division but not participating for points during any of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions, the points set forth above for the places in question are added together and divided equally among the teams concerned, the eligible team(s) thereby obtaining its/their portion of the points. In case an eligible team is placed equal with a team or teams not from the same Region or Division during any of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions, the points set forth above for the place in question are distributed in full to the eligible team. The second decimal place is rounded up from .005 and rounded down from .004.
In accordance with the invitation system established for each Region/Division, the points obtained in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ qualifier(s) are added together in order to establish Regional/Division standings.
8.2 Division 1
The number of results to count per team for Division 1 is the same as the number of guaranteed invitations, that is 50% of the total number of qualifying Events in Division 1 rounded up to the next whole number. Teams may only earn points at Events that have been chosen or allocated for this purpose (refer to article 6.1.7).
8.2.1 Cancellation of a 2014 Qualifying Competition
In the case of a qualifying Competition being cancelled in any Region where teams are allocated Events counting for points the following procedure applies.
Teams whose results would have counted for points at the cancelled Competition are distributed points for that Competition, calculated at the end of the season, based on the total number of points obtained at their other allocated Events divided by the number of Events at which they have participated for points.
8.3 Division 2
The number of results to count per team in Division 2 is four. Teams may only earn points at Events that have been chosen for this purpose (refer to article 4.1).
8.4 Other Regions
The number of Events to count for points for other Regions is minimum four if between four and eight qualifiers are held in any given Region. In case there are less than four qualifying Events in any given Region, all count for points.
8.5 Overall Classification Tie Breaker
In case of a tie for any place on the overall Regional classification, teams are separated by:
  • giving preference to the team with the greater number of first place classifications;
  • in case there is still a tie the number of second place classifications will count and if necessary the number of third place classifications and so on until the tie is broken.
If after applying this method there is still a tie for any place at the conclusion of the last Event of the season, preference will be given to:
  • the team with the greater number of clear rounds among the scores counting (i.e. maximum three scores per round per team) from each Competition throughout the season;
  • if there is still a tie the scores counting (i.e. maximum three scores per round per team) of each team from each Competition will be added together and preference will be given to the team with the lowest overall score.
In case of a tie for a qualification place from Regions with only one qualifying Event, the following method will be used to break the tie:
  • the team with the greater number of clear rounds among the scores counting in the Competition (i.e. maximum three scores per round per team);
  • if there is still a tie the combined times of each team’s best three athletes in the first round if the teams concerned have taken part only in the first round or both rounds if the teams concerned have taken part in the second round (i.e. the times of the three Athletes whose result counted in each round) will be used to break the tie, preference being given to the team with the lowest combined time.
9. PRIZE MONEY
The prize money for each Division 1 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition must not be less than €200’000.
Only teams (eight) competing in the second round of each Division 1 Competition receive prize money. The prize money is distributed as follows:
8 teams:
1st - 64’000
2nd - 40’000
3rd - 32’000
4th - 24’000
5th - 16’000
6th - 11’000
7th - 8’000
8th - 5’000
A team which is eliminated (see JRs Art. 264.8.1 and 264.8.2) in the first round of a Division 1 Competition is not entitled to either prize money or points for Division 1.
All other Competitions must offer the following minimum amount of prize money:
  • CSIO3* and CSIO4* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions 30’000 CHF;
  • CSIO5* Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions 80’000 CHF except Division 1.
10. GRAND PRIX PARTICIPATION – EUROPE DIVISION 1 AND 2
10.1 Qualification Format
Each OC must provide two opportunities for each Athlete to qualify for the Grand Prix Competition. The first qualifier is held prior to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition and is open to all Athletes. The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition counts as a qualifier for the team Athletes. The third qualifier is held following the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition and counts as a qualifier for the non-team Athletes plus individuals and those Athletes not taking part in the second round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition. Both the first and third qualifiers must have a minimum standard of 1.50m.
10.2 Number of Athletes in the Grand Prix
The Grand Prix at all Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Division 1 Events is open to a minimum of 40 and a maximum of 50 Athletes.
The Grand Prix at all Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Division 2 Events is open to 50 Athletes at CSIO4* and CSIO5* Events and 60 Athletes at CSIO3* Events. This number may be reduced by the OC but may not be less than 40.
10.3 Qualified Athletes (for CSIO Dublin refer to Art. 10.4)
10.3.1 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Athletes
The 18 best-placed Athletes following rounds one and two in each Division 1 and 2 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition are automatically qualified to take part in the Grand Prix Competition at the same Event. Those equal on penalties for 18th place are separated by their combined times in the first and second rounds of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition. In case of a further tie the Athletes concerned are permitted to take part in the Grand Prix.
10.3.2 Non-Team Athletes, Individuals and those not in the second round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™
The four best-placed Athletes, taken from the non-team Athletes plus individuals and those Athletes not taking part in the second round of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™, in the third qualifier are also automatically qualified for the Grand Prix.
10.3.3 Automatically Qualified
10.3.3.1 Notwithstanding the above, the following Athletes are automatically qualified for the Grand Prix at all Division 1 Events, as per JR Art. 261.4.1.1:
  • The individual medal winners (Athletes) of the last Olympic and Pan American Games and World and Continental Championships, as well as the first placed Athlete/Horse combination in the last FEI World Cup™ Final, and
  • The winner (Athlete/Horse combination) of the Grand Prix at any CSIO5* Event during the previous twelve months.
10.3.3.2 Notwithstanding the above, the following Athletes are automatically qualified for the Grand Prix at all Division 2 Events, as per JRs Art. 261.4.1.1:
  • The individual medal winners (Athletes) of the last Olympic and Pan American Games and World and Continental Championships, as well as the first placed Athlete/Horse combination in the last FEI World Cup™ Final.
10.3.3.3 Notwithstanding the above, the following Athletes are automatically qualified for the Grand Prix at 5* Division 2 Events as per JRs Art. 261.4.1.1:
  • The winner (Athlete/Horse combination) of the Grand Prix at any CSIO5* Event during the previous twelve months.
10.3.3.4 Notwithstanding the above, the following Athletes are automatically qualified for the Grand Prix at 4* Division 2 Events as per JRs Art. 261.4.1.1:
  • The winner (Athlete/Horse combination) of the Grand Prix at any CSIO4* or CSIO5* Event during the previous twelve months.
10.3.3.5 Notwithstanding the above, the following Athletes are automatically qualified for the Grand Prix at Division 2 Events at which the FEI World Cup™ Competition is the Grand Prix, as per Annex E of the FEI World Cup™ Rules:
  • The top 10 Athletes on the FEI World Cup™ standings of each Sub-League three weeks prior to a given FEI World Cup™ Event are automatically qualified for the FEI World Cup™ Competition in their own Sub-League. This also applies to CSIO Events.
Should a pre-qualified Athlete under the provisions of 10.3.3 be placed among the best 18 after the two rounds of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition, his qualification place under 10.3.1 will not be given to another Athlete.
10.3.4 Completing the Quota
The quota of Athletes established by the Organising Committee for the Grand Prix Competition must be filled from Athletes from the first qualifier.
10.4 Grand Prix Qualification System for Athletes at CSIO Dublin
10.4.1 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Athletes
The 18 best-placed Athletes following rounds one and two in each Division 1 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition are automatically qualified to take part in the Grand Prix Competition at the same Event. Those equal on penalties for 18th place are separated by their combined times in the first and second rounds of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition. In case of a further tie the Athletes concerned are permitted to take part in the Grand Prix.
10.4.2 Automatically Qualified
Notwithstanding the above, the following Athletes are automatically qualified for the Grand Prix at all Division 1 Events, as per JRs Art. 261.4.1.1:
  • The individual medal winners (Athletes) of the last Olympic and Pan American Games and World and Continental Championships, as well as the first placed Athlete/Horse combination in the last FEI World Cup™ Final;
  • The winner (Athlete/Horse combination) of the Grand Prix at any CSIO5* Event during the previous twelve months.
Should a pre-qualified Athlete under the provisions of 10.4.2 be placed among the best 18 after the two rounds of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition his qualification place under 10.4.1 will not be given to another Athlete.
10.4.3 Completing the Quota
The quota for the remaining qualification places must be filled according to the conditions set forth in the Event Schedule.
11. TITLE OF THE FURUSIYYA FEI NATIONS CUP™ COMPETITION
It is obligatory for Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competitions to be called: Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™.
12. WILD CARDS
12.1 Europe - Division 2 and Other Regions
The FEI has the right to nominate one or more wild card teams for each 3*, 4* and 5* CSIO Event in all Regional qualifiers outside European Division 1 in order to ensure that all teams have equal opportunity to qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final.
Requests for wild card invitations from NFs are screened by:
  • CSIO representative;
  • FEI Headquarters representative.
In case of a dispute, the OCs’ and the Chefs d’Equipe representatives will be consulted prior to a decision being taken by the FEI.
Requests for wild cards must be made at least nine weeks before the Event in question is due to commence. Wild cards are allocated by the FEI eight weeks before each Event is due to take place. Requests for wild cards are co-coordinated by the FEI Director of Jumping.
13. QUALIFICATION SYSTEM FOR THE FURUSIYYA FEI NATIONS CUP™ FINAL
The qualification system for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final may vary from Region to Region and will fall into one of the following categories:
  • One qualifier for the entire Region at which all eligible NFs from the Region may participate, the OC does not have the right to refuse an entry from an eligible NF;
  • A (limited) number of qualifiers in the Region at which all eligible NFs may participate, the OCs do not have the right to refuse an entry from an eligible NF;
  • A larger number of qualifiers in the Region where eligible NFs from the Region that wish to qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final are given the opportunity to participate at a fixed number of qualifiers;
  • For Regions without a Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition, teams are selected through the Longines Ranking two months prior to the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final.
14. FURUSIYYA FEI NATIONS CUP™ FINAL
14.1 Date
The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final is organised preferably on the last weekend of September or in early October but this may change depending on the Region in which the Final takes place.
14.2 Allocation of Quota Places for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final
  • Europe Division 1: 7 in 2014 and onwards
  • Europe Division 2: 2 in 2014 and onwards
  • North and Central America: 2
  • South America: 2
  • Middle East: 2
  • Asia: 2
  • Africa: 1
14.3 Bidding Process
The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final is allocated by the Bureau following consideration of bids received from OCs/NFs. The bid book will be comparable with the bid book used for the FEI World Cup™ Final.
14.4 Number of Teams
Eighteen teams plus the home team if not qualified are allowed to participate in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final, providing it has declared its intention to participate and has participated in the qualifying Events in its Region or Division or is selected through the Longines Rankings.
14.5 Number of Athletes
Each team is allowed to participate with five Athletes with two Horses per Athlete. No individual Athletes may be invited in addition to the team members except for the home team.
Maximum 10 individual Athletes may be invited with one Horse each from NFs not represented by a team. This number includes home and foreign Athletes.
14.6 Substitution of Qualified NFs
Only those NFs that qualify for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final may participate. Substitution is not permitted.
14.7 Competition Format
The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final consists of three Competitions. Each team competes in two of the three Competitions.
All three Competitions are conducted at a maximum height of 1.60 m and a speed of 400 m/minute. The water jump must be included in the initial round of all three Competitions.
Each team’s five Athlete/Horse combinations for the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final must be declared prior to the start of the first Competition of the Event at a time to be decided by the FEI and the OC. Between the declaration of the Athlete/Horse combinations and one hour before the start of the first Competition of the Event, Horses may be substituted only in case of illness or accident, with the permission of the Veterinary Commission and the approval of the Ground Jury. Following that no further changes may be made to the Athlete/Horse combinations. Each Athlete may only ride one Horse per Competition and this must be his declared Nations Cup horse; each Horse may only compete in one Competition per day.
The Competition format is as follows.
14.7.1 First Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition
All teams take part in the First Competition with four Athletes per team, the starting order of teams is established by a draw. On the day preceding the First Competition at a time to be decided by the FEI and the OC, Chefs d’Equipe must declare their four Athlete/Horse combinations for this Competition, including their starting order; these are to be selected from the team’s five declared Athlete/Horse combinations. In case of accident or illness to an Athlete and/or Horse between the declaration of the combinations for this Competition and one hour before the start of the Competition, the Athlete/Horse combination may, upon presentation of a certificate from an officially recognised medical doctor and/or with the permission of the Veterinary Commission and after approval by the Ground Jury, be replaced by the fifth Athlete/Horse combination of the team in question. In case of substitution, the starting order remains unchanged.
Teams that are equal on penalties for eighth place in this Competition are separated by the times of the best three Athletes in each team.
This Competition is run at 400 m/min and consists of 13 obstacles.
14.7.2 Second Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition (Competition - name to be confirmed)
The Second Competition is open to the teams placed 9-18 or 19 in the First Competition, with four Athletes per team. Chefs d’Equipe must declare their four Athlete/Horse combinations for this Competition at a time to be decided by the FEI and the OC. These combinations are to be selected from the team’s five declared Athlete/Horse combinations; they are not required to retain the same order of starting within their team as in the First Competition. In case of accident or illness to an Athlete and/or Horse between the declaration of the combinations for this Competition and one hour before the start of the Competition, the Athlete/Horse combination may, upon presentation of a certificate from an officially recognised medical doctor and/or with the permission of the Veterinary Commission and after approval by the Ground Jury, be replaced by the fifth Athlete/Horse combination of the team in question. In case of substitution, the starting order remains unchanged.
This Competition is run with an initial round not against the clock with a jump-off against the clock in case of equality of penalties for first place. The starting order in this Competition follows the reverse order of results in the First Competition, in case of a tie on penalties teams retain the same starting order as in the First Competition. Teams retain the same starting order in the jump-off as in the initial round. Three Athletes per team selected by the Chef d’Equipe from those that have either taken part in the First Competition or in the initial round of the Second Competition are permitted to take part in the jump-off. Chefs d’Equipe will establish the starting order of their three team members selected for the jump-off; this does not have to be the same starting order as in the initial round. The rotation order of Athletes in the jump-off follows the rotation order for Nations Cup Competitions (see JRs Art. 264.6.2), i.e. all teams’ first Athletes start in succession, then all second, respectively third Athletes. There is no drop score in the jump-off.
All teams start in this Competition on zero penalties.
The Competition is run at 400 m/min and consists of 13 obstacles in the initial round.
The jump-off if any consists of six to eight obstacles.
14.7.3 Third Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Competition (Final Competition)
The Final Competition is open to teams placed 1-8 in the First Competition, with four Athletes per team. This Competition is run with an initial round against the clock with a jump-off against the clock in case of equality of penalties for first place. Chefs d’Equipe must declare the four Athlete/Horse combinations for this Competition at a time to be decided by the FEI and the Organising Committee. These combinations are to be selected from the team’s five declared Athlete/Horse combinations; they are not required to retain the same order of starting within their team as in the First Competition. In case of accident or illness to an Athlete and/or Horse between the declaration of the combinations for this Competition and one hour before the start of the Competition, the Athlete/Horse combination may, upon presentation of a certificate from an officially recognised medical doctor and/or with the permission of the Veterinary Commission and after approval by the Ground Jury, be replaced by the fifth Athlete/Horse combination of the team in question. In case of substitution, the starting order remains unchanged.
The starting order in this Competition follows the reverse order of penalties obtained in the First Competition; in case of a tie on penalties teams retain the same starting order as in the First Competition. Teams retain the same starting order in the jump-off as in the initial round. Three Athletes per team, selected by the Chef d’Equipe from the Athletes that have either taken part in the First Competition or in the initial round of the Final Competition are permitted to take part in the jump-off. Chefs d’Equipe will establish the starting order of their three team members selected for the jump-off; this does not have to be the same starting order as in the initial round. The rotation order of Athletes in the jump-off follows the rotation order for Nations Cup Competitions (see JRs Art. 264.6.2), i.e. all teams’ first Athletes start in succession, then all second, respectively third Athletes. There is no drop score in the jump-off. Teams not taking part in the jump-off are separated by the times of their best three Athletes in the initial round.
All teams start in this Competition on zero penalties.
The Competition is run at 400 m/min and consists of 13 obstacles in the initial round.
The jump-off, if any, consists of six to eight obstacles.

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