How can I qualify to compete at the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships?
There are currently three pathways through which riders can qualify to represent Victoria at the National Championships:
- Equestrian Victoria Interschool State Championships in the March/April School Holidays
- VEIS Qualifier events held throughout the interschool season, and the VEIS Grand Final held in June
- Interschool Eventing – Qualification events are run as part of EV Official Horse Trial Events
How do I qualify to compete at the EV Interschool State Championships?
To be eligible to compete at the EV Interschool State Championships held in the March/April School Holidays riders must provide evidence of participation in an Interschool event since the 9th of April 2019 up to and including the 29th of February 2020.
This event must meet one of the below requirements:
- Have been on the VEIS Calendar
- Been on the Events Calendar 2019
- Run by Elmore or Scotts College
- One of the Stratford Interschool Events
- Interschool class at the Youth Dressage Championships (2020)
How is the Victorian Team decided?
The first and second place getters in Dressage and Show Jumping classes for each of the National Qualifying events (these are marked by “Nat” in schedule) are eligible to represent Victoria at the Australian Championships to be held in Toowoomba from Monday 28th September through to Friday 2nd of October 2020. Riders who place 3rd and 4th in those events may be the team reserves in Dressage and Showjumping.
In Show Horse, competitors who place 1st to 4th overall in National Qualifying events (these are marked by “Nat” in the schedule) will be eligible to represent Victoria. Fifth and Sixth placed competitors will be the reserves.
In Combined Training, where there is one division of the class, competitors who place fifth and sixth will be the team reserves. In the event that a class has two divisions, the riders placed first and second in each division will be qualified and riders placed third in each division will be the reserves.
In the event of qualified or reserve riders being unable to attend the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships, the remaining places will be filled at the discretion of the Interschool Committee.
Qualifications are based on the combination of horse and rider, there will be no substitute of horses or riders in qualified combinations.
At the Australian Championships, riders will be limited to competing in two classes, they may still compete on two horses, but the limitation of two classes per rider will remain. E.g One horse in two levels of dressage or combined training and one dressage class, or two horses in two different show jumping heights. For the purpose of clarity, Class in the Australian Championship schedule refers to two dressage tests at the same level, three phases of show horse, three phases of showjumping competition at the same height.
Specifically, should a rider/horse combination qualify in Show Jumping or Eventing and also in Dressage and/or Show Horse, riders will need to decide which class to compete in when the Australian Championship Schedule has Eventing or Show Jumping scheduled first in the competition. Riders cannot compete in jumping competitions prior to competing in Dressage or Show Horse.
Eventing Team Selection:
The Qualification process for the Victorian Interschool Eventing Team Selection is as follows:
- The riders must submit their best four results from competitions between October 1st 2019 and 15th June 202.
- All submitted results must be from Official EA Horse Trials (no Pony Club or Unofficial Classes)
- An MER must be attained in order for the score to count*.
- Horse Trials are open to primary and secondary riders but EA age criteria at some levels apply.
- Only results at the level riders are applying for will be considered.
- Equestrian Victoria will select a panel to consider results and nominate the Victorian Team of four riders at each level. This panel will not include any parent of an interschool riders.
- The process on how to submit results will be advised in June 2020.
*Minimum Eligibility Requirement (MER) to earn points:
- Minimum of 55% in dressage
- no jumping penalties cross country and less than 30 time penalties.
- No more than 16 jumping penalties in show jumping, (time penalties are allowed).
Competitors from states other than Victoria are eligible to compete in the Equestrian Victoria Interschool Championships. As these are Interschool Events, rather than general EA young rider or junior events, riders will be representing their schools and therefore will very likely have to qualify in the state jurisdiction of their school.
Parents may wish to inquire with their schools what their policy is if they are very close to the border. It is likely that schools have dealt with these issues before and can provide some form of clarification to parents about their policies on student representation. Interstate competitors will require a letter of permission from their school acknowledging that should an interstate competitor qualify for the Australian Championships, the competitor will represent Victoria at the Australian Interschool Equestrian Championships, and not the state in which they attend school.